1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1300

Edited By Florin Curta Copyright 2022
    606 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    606 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 5001300 is the first of its kind to provide a point of reference for the history of the whole of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

    While historians have recognized the importance of integrating the eastern part of the European continent into surveys of the Middle Ages, few have actually paid attention to the region, its specific features, problems of chronology and historiography. This vast region represents more than two-thirds of the European continent, but its history in general—and its medieval history in particular—is poorly known. This book covers the history of the whole region, from the Balkans to the Carpathian Basin, and the Bohemian Forest to the Finnish Bay. It provides an overview of the current state of research and a route map for navigating an abundant historiography available in more than ten different languages. Chapters cover topics as diverse as religion, architecture, art, state formation, migration, law, trade and the experiences of women and children.

    This book is an essential reference for scholars and students of medieval history, as well as those interested in the history of Central and Eastern Europe.


    Florin Curta

    1. Situating medieval Eastern Europe: historiography and discontent

    Christian Raffensperger

    2. Between migration and origo gentis: population movements

    Danijel Džino

    3. Steppe empires without emperors: Avars, Bulgars and Khazars

    Evgenia Komatarova-Balinova

    4. Medieval nomadism

    Aleksander Paroń

    5. Early conversion to Christianity, Judaism and Islam

    Maddalena Betti

    6. Conversion to Christianization: Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, and Rus’ (9th to 12th centuries)

    Ivo Štefan

    7. State formation in the 10th century

    David Kalhous

    8. Strongholds and early medieval states

    Hajnalka Herold

    9. The rise of the early medieval aristocracy

    Cosmin Popa-Gorjanu

    10. Rulers between ideal and reality

    Dušan Zupka

    11. Royal governments

    Adrien Quéret-Podesta

    12. Rural economy

    Marek Hladík

    13. Crafts, coins and trade (900-1300)

    Dariusz Adamczyk

    14. Towns and cities

    Laurențiu Rădvan

    15. Lords, peasants and slaves

    Cameron Sutt

    16. Women and children

    Sébastien Rossignol

    17. Jews, Armenians and Muslims

    Boris Stojkovski

    18. Church organization

    Dariusz Andrzej Sikorski

    19. Saints and relics

    Paweł Figurski and Grzegorz Pac

    20. Heresy and popular religion

    Kirił Marinow and Jan Mikołaj Wolski

    21. Crusades and Eastern Europe

    Aleksandar Uzelac

    22. The Baltic Crusades (1147-1300)

    Gregory Leighton

    23. Political and practical literacy

    Mirjana Matijević Sokol

    24. Law

    Ivan Alexandrov Biliarsky

    25. History writing

    Timofei V. Guimon and Aleksei S. Shchavelev

    26. Hagiography

    Stefan Rohdewald

    27. Monumental architecture

    Alice Isabella Sullivan

    28. Monumental art

    Maria Alessia Rossi

    29 New powers - Serbia, Bulgaria

    Francesco Dall’Aglio

    30. The Mongols in Eastern Europe

    Roman Hautala


    Florin Curta is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida, USA. His books include Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 5001250 (2006); The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube, ca. 500700 (2011), which received the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association; The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages (2011); Slavs in the Making: History, Linguistics and Archaeology in Eastern Europe (c. 500 to c. 700) (2021); and The Long Sixth Century in Eastern Europe (2021).