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The Slavs in European History and Civilization
This dense brick of a book starts with a warning to the unwary - an (untranslated) Latin dedication. It was written by a Czech priest who eventually became a Harvard professor of Byzantine history. He informs readers that this book enlarges upon a Harvard course on Slavic history from the 13th to the 17th centuries
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Professor Dvornik's book, first published in the 1960s, has remained in print because it is simply the best overview of Slavic history from the middle ages into the early modern period. The scope of time and geography Dvornik covers is astounding, as is his astute knowledge of Slavic history, however his writing can be a bit dry at times—this is a volume that is, and has always been, aimed mainly at an academic readership. He is also so sure-footed in his command of the material you nearly have ...more