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Vikings of the Steppe

Csete Katona, 9781000685176, 9780367480752, 9781032340753, 9781003037859, 978-1000685176, 978-0367480752, 978-1032340753, 978-1003037859

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English | 2023 | EPUB, Converted PDF

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This book explores the relationship between Vikings, Rus’ and nomadic  (mostly Turkic) steppe dwellers during the course of the Viking Age (c.  750–1050) in a geographical area stretching from Eastern Scandinavia  through the Kievan Rus’, Byzantium, the Islamic world to the Western  Eurasian steppes.

The primary focus is the steppe influence on  the development of Scandinavian-Rus’ culture. It illustrates the effects  of Turkic (nomadic) cultures on the evolving Scandinavian-Rus’  communities in their military technology and tactics, as well as in  everyday customs, ritual traditions and religious perceptions, whilst  paying attention to the politico-commercial necessities and possible  communication channels tying these two cultures, normally considered to  be distinct, together. The arguments are supported by a  multi-disciplinary analysis of diverse historical and archaeological  materials occasionally supplemented with linguistic evidence. The result  is a comprehensive evaluation of the relations of the Scandinavians  active in the ‘East’ with Turkic groups, and brings (the so far  neglected) steppes into Viking studies in general.

The book will  fill a serious scholarly gap in the field of Viking studies and will be  read by both academics and students interested in the archaeological  and historical sources concerned with the traditions of the ‘Eastern  Vikings’.