Germania Slavica

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German eastern settlement 700-1400, borders of the Holy Roman Empire (as of 1348) outlined

Germania Slavica is a historiographic term used since the 1950s to denote the medieval contact zone between Germans and Slavs in East Central Europe.[1]

Historian Klaus Zernack further divides the Germania Slavica into a Germania Slavica I between the Elbe and Saale rivers in the west and the Oder in the east, which had been attached to the Frankish and later Holy Roman Empire as marches; and a Germania Slavica II east of Germania Slavica I and west of the Kingdom of Poland, comprising the Silesian, Pomeranian, and Prussian duchies as well as the Neumark.[2] The Germania Slavica was since the late first millennium settled by Slavic tribes collectively referred to as Wends, and was subject to enormous social transformations along with the influx of primarily German settlers during the Ostsiedlung in the High Middle Ages.

In analogy, the term Bavaria Slavica is used to denote the medieval German-Slavic contact zone in northeastern Bavaria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christian Lübke, Struktur und Wandel im Früh- und Hochmittelalter: eine Bestandsaufnahme aktueller Forschungen zur Germania Slavica, Franz Steiner Verlag, 1998, p.9, ISBN 3515071148
  2. ^ Christian Lübke, Struktur und Wandel im Früh- und Hochmittelalter: eine Bestandsaufnahme aktueller Forschungen zur Germania Slavica, Franz Steiner Verlag, 1998, p.14, ISBN 3515071148

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