The Bulgars and the Steppe Empire in the Early Middle Ages: The Problem of the Others

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Brill, 2010 - History - 154 pages
This book is about Steppe Eurasia and China, Persia, Byzantium, as well as the 'Inside' and 'Outside' Other. This dual approach helps the reader to better understand the attitudes of the Steppe to both the southern sedentary empires (in this book, the 'Outside' Other) and to the women and shamans/magicians within the nomadic confederations (in this book, the 'Inside' Other), in the so-called 'Golden Age' of the Steppe Empire, e.g. between the sixth and ninth/tenth centuries.The result is a new and vivid picture of the Steppe's attitudes to 'otherness' and 'usness'. The book covers not only a long period of time, but also a vast territory, from Mongolia to the Black Sea and South-Eastern Europe. It studies many peoples and societies and their images of the 'Other', interpreted through different approaches and methodologies.

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Tsvetelin Stepanov, Ph.D. (1997) in History, St Kliment Ohridski University, Bulgaria, is Associate Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies, St Kliment Ohridski University. He has published extensively on the history and culture of Mediaeval Bulgaria and the Eurasian Steppes.

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