- White Serbs
Infobox Ethnic group
group = White Serbs
population = ~20,000 - 200,000
region3 = Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro
Proto-Slavic, West Slavic
Monotheists, later Greek Orthodox
Poles( West Slavs), Lusatian Sorbsand Serbsby ancestry
The White Serbs ( _sr. Бели Срби, "Beli Srbi") were a Slavic tribe which lived in
White Serbiain northern Europe. Ancestors of the modern Serbsof southeastern Europe, the White Serbs migrated to the Balkansduring the 7th century.
De Administrando Imperio" reports that "these Serbs come from the non-Christianized Serbs, called the White Serbs, living beyond the Turks ( Hungary) in the area which they call Bojki ( Bohemia). The Franksand Great Croatsi.e. non-Christianized Croats, also called White Croats, are their neighbours. There, then, have these Serbslived from olden times."
The Serbs fought against
Thuringians, Franksand Saxonsfor their freedom. [http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Sorbs] The Serbs enjoyed limited independence from the greater powers in Central Europe. One should note however that Serbs were Frankishvassaals several times during the early medieval Franconia.
Some White Serbs migrated to the
Balkansin 610–30 led by the Unknown Archont. During the reign of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, [ [http://www.snaga.org.yu/Ilustrovana_istorija_srba/tekst/engleski/01/01-06-doseljavanje-slovena.html Illustrated History of the Serbs] ] the White Serbs settled in an area called "Servia" in Greek Macedonia, west of Thessalonica. Later, they resettled in today's Croatia, Bosnia, Serbiaand Montenegro( Pagania, Zahumlje, Travunia, Doclea, Rascia, later parts of the 14th-century Serbian Empire). They formed a strong power in the Balkans and assimilated with Thracians, Dacians, Northern Illyrian tribes and Byzantine Greeks.The Greek Serbs stayed in the area of river Bistritza. With the passing of time, they assimilated with the Greeks, although the town of where they stayed 1,400 years ago still exists and bears the name Servia, the translation of " Serbia" in Greek. The Serbian name and language was preserved by the descendants of those Serbs who wished to return to the White Serbian homeland in northern Europe, but resettled in the Balkans, at the Adriatic shore.
Some White Serbs did not stay in the Balkans, but went further on, crossing the Bistritza river (Αλιάκμονας) and settled in
Gordium, Phrygia( Anatolia), the antique city they named Gordoservon, which had previously been a settlement of the Phrygians. The White Serbs no longer exist as an ethnic group, as they were possibly assimilated by Polesand Germansin Northern Europe and by various peoples in Southeastern Europe. Their descendants are the Serbs, living in the nation-state of Serbiaand the bordering countries where they have stayed since the arrival of the White Serbs.
Polabian/Polish. (Inhabitants of Sorbia)"Surbi" and/or "Zeriuani", "Serauici" by the Bavarian Geographer.
The name of the first Serbian state "
Rascia" has a connection with the word "Rus-", as there was an area called Boykowhich inhabited Rusyns/ Ruthenians, the Serbs have a contemporaneous slavic origin in Ukraine.
White Croats, the neighbours of the Serbs in two different European regions
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