The world of the ancient Slavs


Zdeněk Váňa


Translated by Till Gottheiner

Orbis Publishing, London, 1983


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1. Searching for the origin of the Slavs

    The Oldest Written Records  —  What Philology Can Prove  —  What Archeology Has Revealed  —  When Did the Emergence of the Slavs Take Place?


2. The great expansion begins

    The Settlement of Central Europe  —  The Advance into the Balkans  —  Slav Colonization of Eastern Europe


3. Between the Frankish and Byzantine empires and the nomads

    The Slavs and the Nomad Tribes  —  The Pressure of the Great Powers and the First Organized States


4. Gods, demons and shrines

    The Religious Ideas of the Slavs  —  Temples, Idols and Cults


5. A major milestone in development

    The Great Moravian Empire and its Centres  —  Pribina's Principality at Nitra and Mosapurc  —  The Croats and Serbs, their Political and Cultural Emergence  —  The First Bulgarian Empire  —  The Early History of Kievan Russia


6. Peasants, craftsmen, merchants and warriors

    Peasants  —  Crafts and Trade  —  Warriors


7. The Czechs and the Poles – orientation towards the West

    The Bohemian State of the Přemyslids — the Heir to the Great Moravian Empire  —  The Piast State in Poland


8. The tragedy of the north-western Slavs

    The Lusatian Centre at Tornow  —  Timber Fortresses in Mecklenburg  —  Seafarers and Pirates in the Baltic Sea




Bibliography  —  Index


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