Archaeological Studies of PPCU Department of Archaeology 2

András Pálóczi Horváth

Peoples of eastern origin in Medieval Hungary

The cultural heritage of Pechenegs, Uzes, Cumans and the Jász

Language: Hungarian with English, Russian and Kazakh summaries
2014
312 pp with colour and black-and-white illustrations
ISBN 978-963-9911-62-8

Price €38

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This book familiarizes the reader with the history and the culture of the tribes and splinter groups from the Eastern European steppe who settled in medieval Hungary, and later were assimilated into the Hungarian people. This is done on the basis of the results of the related historical, archaeological, linguistic and ethnographic research. Of the various eastern and foreign ethnic groups living in Early Árpád Period Hungary, who most likely arrived together with the conquering Hungarians, the book discusses the data on Muslims in particular depth. The fate of this social group, which can be differentiated from its surroundings in terms of religion, can serve as a model during the analysis of the processes of assimilation that occurred within medieval circumstances. With a special emphasis on the antecedents and circumstances of their settlement, the author also deals with the early history and ethnogenesis of the Pechenegs, who settled here during the period when the Hungarian state was founded or soon after, the Oghuz Turks, who arrived in small, scattered groups during the 11th–12th centuries, and then the Cumans and Jasz, who fled here in the 13th century before the Mongol invasion. The traditional cultures of these groups are presented on the basis of the results of so-called late nomadic Eastern European archaeological research. The book discusses in detail the history in Hungary of the ethnic groups of eastern origin, and the processes through which they were integrated into Hungarian society. It also introduces the areas where they settled and their cultural legacy.