Civilized Slavs: Social bonds in early medieval Poland
Samsonowicz, Henryk (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Focus on History, No. 4 (2004)
In the 9th-11th centuries, Poland was characterized by a process whereby Slavic society was adapted into a civilization founded on Mediterranean culture, resulting in the emergence of a new, open society. Two kinds of social bonds came to coexist: on the one hand there were tribal community bonds founded mainly on territorial and family unity, while on the other there were new bonds based upon the institutions of the state
Social bonds, which identify an individual’s place in the world, give the individual a sense of security and make him or her feel comfortable, are subject to change over time. The role played by such bonds in social life is a function of varying economic, systemic, and cultural relations.