The history of the early Slavs is a subject of renewed interest and one which is highly controversial both politically and historically. This pioneering text reviews the latest archaelogical (and other) evidence concerning the first settlers, their cultural identities and their relationship with their modern successors. Dr Dolukhanov explores the various historiographical debates before offering his own interpretations.
' This book is an exemplary summary treatment of Eastern European pre- and proto-history which will be of immense assistance to a wide range of readers, but especially to university readers. It ranges from the earliest human activities in western Russia to the Rus kingdom. The author has set out to use the longer time-span to reveal as fully as possible the wider setting of the early historic peoples, including the early Slavs. No other book in English covers this ground so recently and so well.'
– The Slavonic Review
Preface, 1. The Slavs and Archaeology in Russia, 2. Geographical Setting, 3. The Initial Settlement, 4. Postglacial Farmers and Hunters, 5. The Beaker Folks, 6. The Age of Change, 7. The Slavs, Balts and Finns, 8. The Slavs in Europe, 9. The Varangians and the Rus, Conclusions, Bibliography