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The written sources for the 'Slav' and Croat migrations in post- Roman Dalmatia are scarce and unreliable; the sources that are not contemporary with the 6th and 7th centuries should be almost fully disregarded. This book never denied migration of the 'Slav' groups. In the 7th century there appeared the remains of trans-Danubian groups which were shaped in contact with the Byzantine limes. By discarding the migration and the arrival of the Slavs/Croats as the chief explanation for the change of identities from Late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages, the book has focused its attention on the process of identity change in the pre-Slavic Dalmatian population of the same period. The 7th century crisis and the withdrawal of the Eastern Romans from most of Southeastern Europe accelerated the ruralisation and development of specific spiritual forms between Christianity and popular beliefs in the countryside.

Keywords: Croat migrations; post- Roman Dalmatia; pre-Slavic Dalmatian



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