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In this chapter the alterity is defined as a contrast between the nomadic Self and the sedentary Other and as internal contrasts isolating or marginalizing such groups as blacksmiths, shamans and women, whose status in the nomadic world was quite different from that in sedentary societies. Over the last two-three decades the problem of alterity has turned into a much-debated issue. The real image or the notion of the Other is created in a dialogical interaction with me or us. Drawing a border between self and other is related to the problem of the position of the person in the environment. This aims at bringing light, by means of comparison on problems that have not been paid enough attention by historians. The goal is to analyze and interpret the attitudes and the approaches taken by members of the so-called steppe empires towards sedentary societies.

Keywords: alterity; nomadic; other; sedentary societies; self; steppe empires



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