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    How Slavs Expanded Over The Balkan Peninsula And Decided To Stay There

    When you think of Slavic migrations people think of them as a long process that happened over hundred of years. However, some scholars like Peter Heather think it is actually a very fast process that took over the region as a storm.

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    Basically Slavs came to Balkans like savage warlike tribes and remained that way till today.



    Slavs came to the Balkans in two main waves. The first was with the Avars, probably as servants to the Avars as far south as Greece and to the northern Balkans with the Franks ( think Slovenia). These Slavs were not organized nations like the second wave but definitely made their mark. 

    A century later or so organized Slavs under the name Croats and Serbs came down at the invitation of the Roman Emperor to service the Byzantines in their dealings with the Avars and Bulgars to a lesser extent in exchange for land to settle in. Almost all of the Slavs that came in the first wave were absorbed by the Croats, Serbs, and Bulgars with the notable exception of the ancestors of Slovenes. The actual origin of the Danubian Bulgarians is up for debate but what is known is that they were themselves assimilated by the Slavs along the Danube and became a Slavic nation under the name Bulgarians ( mostly in modern day Bulgaria , Macedonia, and Slavic people in Greece).

    The Balkans were formally but losely under the rule of the Byzantine Empire but were religiously divided between the western( Rome) and eastern ( Constantinople) churches. The Croats and Slovenes fell under the influence of the western church while Serbs and Bulgarians did to the eastern church. Eventually all the groups had periods of sovereignty and influence over the region and still remain in tact as nations to this day.  I’m no historian but this seems to be the most common accepted interpretation of events without nationalist overtones. 

    It’s also generally accepted that most of the southern Slavs genetically intermixed with pre-slavic populations in the Balkans which makes them genetically more distinct than West and East Slavic cousins. 


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