Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe
Brill Leiden (The Netherlands) 2004
Scheda a cura di: Duczko W.
Series: The Northern World, Vol. 12, 290 pp.
This volume deals with one of the most controversial issues in writings
about early medieval history: the presence of Scandinavians, known as
Rus, and their impact on Eastern Europe during the Viking Age. These
studies give for the first time an extensive and detailed picture of the
Norse population in the East by using, besides written narratives, a
wide range of archaeological sources. The seven chapters survey the
background, then depict the first Norse centres and sites of Norse
colonists in the northwestern Russia; further chapters contain
information about the great number of settlements in the Volga region
and, finally describe the activities of a group of Rus that resulted in
creation of the principality of Kiev. With the help of numerous
illustrations the contents of the book clarify many problems and support
the conclusion that in the East real Norse societies existed that were
an important and natural part of the Scandinavian varld.