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Prehistory

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.003.0002
Prehistory

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This chapter investigates the location and the chronology of the Slavic homeland. It adds that in light of new evidence, certain scholars have redefined the original Slavic homeland, and even the original Indo-European homeland, to include parts of Russia. It explains B. A. Rybakov's views of the original Slavic homeland—one is between the Western Bug and the Vistula eastward to the Dnieper; and the other is between the Western Bug and the Vistula westward to the Oder. It clarifies that these kinds of identifications are linguistic, not racial, and do not necessarily correspond to any physical traits. It also examines the consequences of Slavic migrations and of the great and rather sudden expansion of the Slavic zone in Europe. It also discusses the theory of Indo-European social and religious structure.

Keywords: Indo-European; Slavic homeland; B. A. Rybakov; social structure; religious structure; paganism; Dnieper; Oder; Christianity

Chapter.  5480 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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