The Avars: A Steppe Empire in Central Europe, 567–822

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Cornell University Press, 15.12.2018. - 666 страница

The Avars arrived in Europe from the Central Asian steppes in the mid-sixth century CE and dominated much of Central and Eastern Europe for almost 250 years. Fierce warriors and canny power brokers, the Avars were more influential and durable than Attila's Huns, yet have remained hidden in history. Walter Pohl's epic narrative, translated into English for the first time, restores them to their rightful place in the story of early medieval Europe.

The Avars offers a comprehensive overview of their history, tracing the Avars from the construction of their steppe empire in the center of Europe; their wars and alliances with the Byzantines, Slavs, Lombards, and others; their apex as the first so-called barbarian power to besiege Constantinople (in 626); to their fall under the Frankish armies of Charlemagne and subsequent disappearance as a distinct cultural group. Pohl uncovers the secrets of their society, synthesizing the rich archaeological record recovered from more than 60,000 graves of the period, as well as accounts of the Avars by Byzantine and other chroniclers.

In recovering the story of the fascinating encounter between Eurasian nomads who established an empire in the heart of Europe and the post-Roman Christian cultures of Europe, this book provides a new perspective on the origins of medieval Europe itself.

 

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1 Approaching the Avars
1
2 The Avar Migration
21
3 The New Power 56790
69
4 Avars and Slavs
117
5 The Balkan Wars of Maurice 591602
163
6 Life and Organization in the Avar Empire
198
7 The Seventh Century
280
8 The Century of the Griffin
344
Appendix Amount of Subsidies Paid by Byzantium to the Avars
403
Abbreviations
405
Notes
407
Sources
549
Bibliography
559
Index
621
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Walter Pohl is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Vienna, and Director of the Institute of Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is the editor of Visions of Community and Strategies of Identitifcation, and author of numerous works in German.

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