View Full Version : Great Moravia: The Forgotten Kingdom

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 02:08 PM
Great Moravia was an important, if short lived, autonomous state in medieval Central Europe. It is important for many reasons, but among them because it is the first known kingdom of the Western Slavic tribes.

To say it is forgotten is somewhat misleading for Great Moravia is remembered and celebrated with great pride by the Czech and Slovak people.

But it is forgotten by conventional Western history books. It is natural for any given society to zero in on history that is most relevant to their own culture. And so, we in the West have studied Western European history with great zeal. Eastern European history tends to be relegated to chapters on immigration to our countries from Eastern countries, and then skips to the Russian Revolution and the Cold War.

Today, with globalization and the ease of access of information through technology, more people are interested in other world cultures. And many of us who have heritage from countries that have been overlooked in our Western history books are taking it upon ourselves to discover the hidden histories of the countries from which our ancestors came.

Thus we begin this exploration of a medieval kingdom with immense importance to the people of Central Europe.

The central European region experienced a period of flux in the eighth and ninth centuries A.D. The Slavic tribes in the region were subjugated by various factions over the years and expected to pay tribute to these foreign rulers.

Between the sixth and ninth centuries, a nomadic warrior tribe from the Eurasian Steppes had moved into the region, dominating the local people. These were the Avars and they were to rule the region virtually unchallenged.

That is until Charlemagne entered the picture.

There was a bit of a tug of war for a period but the long and the short of it is that with the help of his son Pippin and ally Duke Eric of Friuli, the Avars were defeated and eventually acknowledged Charlemagne as ruler. This is the backdrop in which Great Moravia would rise as a political state.


Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 03:31 PM
Pre-20th century Eastern Europe and the Black Sea mostly are omitted from western textbooks unless its necessary in explaining western history.