- Series: UNC Press Enduring Editions
- Paperback: 447 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (January 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807896071
- ISBN-13: 978-0807896075
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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Armstrong seems to adhere to old, stereotyped notions. For instance, he speaks of warrior leaders, and how supposedly they eventually became the nucleus of the nobility in various nations.
There is one feature that I found particularly interesting, and I discuss it separately below.
AN ANCIENT POLISH PRESENCE DEEP IN PRESENT-DAY UKRAINE?
Author Armstrong cites a German-language and a French-language source for the following. It refers to a region north of present-day Kiev, and it refers to the Severian people (the Severyane, or Siewierzanie): “Until the fourteenth century the patterns of settlement in East Central Europe were so sparse that large forests separated most groups. For example, it is said that the Severiane of the Chernigov-Seversk region east of the middle Dnieper had been regarded as “Liaki” (Poles) by other east Slavs, but after conversion to Eastern Christianity the Liaki rapidly assimilated. At a somewhat later period, as streams of settlers met, Polish and East Slavic villages became to some extent intermingled in a broad belt consisting of the Lublin, Sanok, and Podlachia districts.” (p. 273).