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The Power Of The Past

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In this chapter the author presents the reason for the choice of topic for study, the questions raised by the work, and the perspective from which he proceed in his narrative. The background in the history of scholarship is fundamental for the assessment of the Slavs as people. Based on the historiography of the medieval life situation of the Slavs and the evaluation of their culture by the disciplines of archaeology and history, the author describes the premises in this politically ambiguous research field. A focus on the ethnogenesis of the Slavs is firmly rooted in German, Polish, and Russian research, where archaeology has always played a significant part in interpretations. Cosine’s Kulturkreis theory and chauvinistic political archaeology have been intensely discussed in the last decade. In this section the author shall therefore put special emphasis on opinions originating in Slavic and some extent Scandinavian historiography.

Keywords: chauvinistic political archaeology; ethnogenesis; Kossinna’s Kulturkreis theory; Scandinavian historiography; Slavs



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