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During the last few years, the Europe of the Other a topic rarely, if ever discussed by historians of the Middle Ages, has gradually turned into the "other Europe", an object of study in its own terms and with a very rich research history. In Eastern Europe, renewed interest in "Europe" (as opposed to the "Orient") has also led to a fundamental questioning of the meaning of the evidence and of key concepts in the discipline, such as nomadism. Most historians of the European Middle Ages, especially those writing in English, have lost touch with their archaeological colleagues working in Eastern Europe and currently express little or no interest in the study of the "steppe empires" in general and even less interest in Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans, whom they still perceive as non-Europeans. This book is devoted to this double challenge of (re-)definition and disciplinary dialogue.

Keywords: Avars; Bulgars; Cumans; Eastern Europe; European Middle Ages; Khazars



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