Where are the Slavs from?


How did Slavs live in the early Middle Ages? A hundred years ago a painter imagined it to be like this.

The Slavs are a group of peoples. As with the Teutons, the easiest way to recognize them is by the languages: The Slavic languages ​​are quite similar to each other, at least when you compare them with other languages.

Scientists argue about whether the Slavs were once a single people, whether they came from a certain region. Some say that the Slavs come from Polesia. Today this area is located in Belarus, among other places.

In any case, "slaves" first appear in manuscripts around the year 550 AD. They partially settled areas that the Germanic peoples had left. But they also invaded the Byzantine Empire. Since the 14th century one no longer says slaves, but Slavs.

What groups of Slavs are there?

Slavic peoples moved quite far west in the early Middle Ages. They came almost as far as Hamburg and Hesse. After that, many Germans settled in the east, for example in Saxony, Silesia and Prussia. Many centuries later, during World War II, Germans were expelled and today's borders came into being.

The Slavs in the West, the West Slavs, are often Catholic Christians. The largest of them are the Poles, Czechs and Slovaks. A small West Slavic people are the Sorbs who live in Brandenburg and Saxony.

The Eastern Slavs have been Orthodox Christians from ancient times. The largest East Slavic people are the Russians: no other Slavic language is spoken by so many people: over 200 million. In the years after 1800, many Russians moved further and further east, to Asia. Today there are Russian cities even on the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern Slavs also include the Ukrainians and Belarusians, whose countries lie west of Russia.

Then there are the southern Slavs. South of the Western Slavs and Eastern Slavs are some other peoples: Germans, Hungarians and Romanians. The southern Slavs live even further south. These are mainly Serbs, Croats, Slovenes and Bulgarians. The former country of Yugoslavia is translated as "Country of the Southern Slavs".

  • Slavic languages ​​are mainly spoken in Eastern and Southern Europe.

  • In most areas where Slavic languages ​​are spoken, the Cyrillic alphabet is used for writing.

There are also other search results for “Slavs” from Blinde Kuh and Ask Finn.

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