Original title: Preconditions of the genesis of the Přemyslid realm
Authors: Kalhous, David
Document type: Papers
Conference/Event: Bewaffnung und Reiterausrüstung des 8. bis 10. Jahrhunderts in Mitteleuropa (Zur Form und Beigabensite von Waffen und Reiterzubehör bei den mährischen Slawen und ihren Nachbarn), Mikulčice (CZ), 20110525
Year: 2019
Language: eng
Abstract: In the following study we analyse the validity of the nowgenerally-accepted view of the beginnings of the Přemyslid realm. Those who established this viewpoint emphasisethe income from selling slaves (and distance trade in general) as the main source the dynasties in Central Europeused to strengthen their economic power, which, in the next stage, enabled them to build powerful cavalry armiesas their “iron fist”. With these armies they were supposed to have built their “states”. In this article, not only is theautomatism of this mechanism brought into question (the prevalence of the cavalry), but also the idea that a statecan be built with an army. The author, on the one hand, points out the predatory character of such a system, and onthe other hand draws attention to the building of hillforts as a mechanism that not only enhanced the protection ofa given area, but also, due to the need for construction and repairs, brought large groups of people together, and thusformed a common identity for them.
Keywords: Central Europe; Early Middle Ages; early states; history of power; history of violence
Project no.: GA15-22658S (CEP)
Funding provider: GA ČR
Host item entry: Bewaffnung und Reiterausrüstung des 8. bis 10. Jahrhunderts in Mitteleuropa. Waffenform und Waffenbeigaben bei den mährischen Slawen und in den Nachbarländern, ISBN 978-80-86023-59-5

Institution: Institute of Archaeology, Brno AS ČR (web)
Document availability information: Fulltext is available at the institute of the Academy of Sciences.
Original record: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0306414

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