The Origins and Development of Europe, from the Proto-Indo-Europeans to the Conflicts of the 20th Century.

Established in 2018, European Origins is a blog focusing on the history of Europe, particularly from the period of Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages, but branching out into more recent historical events, as well as Mythology and Philosophy, too. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page.

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Die Ethnogenese der Alemannen

In dieser Arbeit soll es um die Entstehung einer solchen ethnischen Gruppe gehen, nämlich um die Alemannen. Lange Zeit wurde in der Forschung angenommen, dass diese neue Gruppe, welche zuerst in der Spätantike auftauchte, den Limes als geschlossene Einheit überrannte um daraufhin in einer als „Landnahme“ interpretierten Besiedelung grob das Gebiet des heutigen Südwestdeutschen Raumes und zum Teil auch benachbarte Regionen in Besitz nahmen. Bei diesem Stamm habe es sich um einen „old Suebian tribe under a new name“ gehandelt (Drinkwater 2007, S. 43 f.), eine Annahme, welche zumindest teilweise auf die spätere Gleichsetzung von Alemannen und Sueben zurückzuführen ist.…

Germany, the Germanic Tribes and their Origins

Shrouded within the uncertainty of Europe’s distant past are many mysteries. Whilst we are relatively well informed about the Mediterranean with its mighty empires we know comparatively little about the heartland and the fringes of the European continent. It wasn’t until the days of Julius Caesar that a new player stepped up onto the stage of European and – by extension to the modern age – World History: The Ancient Germanic Peoples. Caesar described them as even more brutish and uncivilized than the in the eyes of the Mediterranean World already savage Gauls and justified his campaigns into Gaul partially…

European Origins Discord & Patreon

Hello again! Another small update. Upon request I have created a European Origins Discord Server, where you can discuss history with like-minded individuals (and myself). You can join the Discord here. Furthermore there is now a European Origins Patreon where you can donate to the project, if you like. At the moment two different tiers are available, one of which simply supports European Origins, whilst the other one entitles you to a short commentary (about 2000 characters) on a historical map of your choosing, as can be seen on Instagram. You can support European Origins here. If you have any…

Short “Documentary” about the Indo-European Language Family

Hello! It’s been a while since the last post on the website but I’m happy to inform you that I’ve been busy working on other platforms. First of all I’d like to introduce yourself to European Origins on Instagram: We are close to 18,000 followers and the page has been growing rapidly. Secondly, I’ve started dabbling in the creation of videos for said Instagram, as well as other platforms. This is the first attempt at anything resembling a short “documentary”-type video: I hope you enjoy and am very much looking forward to your feedback! All the best, Marcel

Continental West Germanic Dialect Continuum

The Continental West Germanic Dialect Continuum. Today Dutch and German are thought of as distinct languages and justly so. But in actuality there was a fluent transition between what is considered Dutch and what is considered German today for most of history and in some places in the border area this still holds true today. In a sense the Northern German dialects and Dutch are more closely related to each other than either of these two to the southern German dialects.

A Neanderthal in Suite and Tie

What if Neanderthals hadn’t become extinct? This is a question the curators of a Museum in Germany must have asked themselves when they created this exhibit: A Neanderthal in a suit and tie. As many of you may know, research in Archaeogenetics has relatively recently revealed that all human beings north of the Sahara Desert carry a few percent of Neanderthal DNA in us. So strictly speaking, Neanderthals have never gone extinct but are a part of many of us today. But what do you think modern life would be like if other human species were still around, not just…


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