By Gerald Stone
While many consider ecu historical past by way of the key states that this day make up the map of Europe, this process has a tendency to miss submerged countries just like the Wends, the westernmost Slavs who as soon as inhabited the lands which later turned East Germany and Western Poland. This ebook examines the decline and sluggish erosion of the Wends from the time once they occupied all of the land among the River Elbe and the River Vistula round 800 advert to the current, the place they nonetheless continue to exist in tiny enclaves south of Berlin (the Wends and Sorbs) and west of Danzig (the Kashubs).
Slav Outposts in crucial eu History - which additionally contains a number of photographs and maps - places the tale of the Wends, the Sorbs and the Kashubs in a much wider ecu context so as to extra sophisticate our figuring out of the way ethnic teams, societies, confessions and states have flourished or floundered within the area. it really is an incredible booklet for all scholars and students of imperative eu historical past and the historical past of eu peoples and states extra generally.
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In 1014 Heinrich was crowned emperor. He was eager to find a solution to his Polish question, but there were always voices at court, mainly among the Saxon lords, opposing hostilities with the Poles. Bolesław himself encouraged this with bribery (Herrmann 1985: 359–60). The same voices urged Heinrich to return Mieszko to his father and eventually Heinrich acquiesced, hoping that with this sign of goodwill he might be able to dissuade Bolesław from further military action and possibly even induce him to acknowledge his status as a vassal.
At the same time Bolesław Krzywousty (1102–1138), Prince of Poland, was also beginning to expand into the land of the Pomerani. During 1121–1122, Bolesław captured Stettin, overthrew Wartisław, imposed Polish overlordship, and compelled Wartisław to accept Christianity for himself and his people (Herrmann 1985: 384). Further campaigns against the Lutizi brought Bolesław as far west as Lake Müritz. Evidence for this is in Ebbo’s biography of Bishop Otto of Bamberg, who in 1128 on his second mission to the Pomerani met a fisherman who for seven years had lived on an island in the lake, where he had fled after the conquest of this region by the Prince of Poland (Herrmann 1985: 385; MPH, 2: 54).
What is left to us but to abandon our land, to set sail, and to live among the waves? What guilt is it of ours if we, expelled from the land, make the sea unsafe, taking our subsistence from the Danes and the merchants who sail the sea? Will that not be the fault of the princes who drive us to such lengths? (Helmold 1963: 290) The piracy of the Wends of Oldenburg and Lütjenburg, referred to here by Pribislaw, was directed mainly against the Danish coast and Danish shipping, while Heinrich the Lion and Adolf were away in 1159, busy fighting in Emperor Friedrich I’s second Italian campaign.
Slav Outposts in Central European History: The Wends, Sorbs and Kashubs by Gerald Stone