Originally Posted by Mosquito
The Elbe Slavs who were living in the current east Germany. It were powerful pagan tribes and there were many attempts to christianise them. Unfortunatelly in the 13th century there was a struggle for power between them which turned into civil war. The Germans used this opportunity to conquer, christianise and Germanise them.
In Poland between year 1030 and 1040 was a great pagan revolt. It was probably leaded by semi-legendary but on the other hand described in many chronicles son of king Mieszko II, who turned against christianity, plundered and burned churches and monasteries, murdered priests and monks. He is called "Bolesław the Forgotten". About year 1040 the other son of the king came back to Poland from Germany and with the help of Germans defeated pagans and killed Bolesław.
Do you know why this necessity of "Christianise" the "savages"?
Was all that a mere form of conquest amongst native European tribes?
What do this "Christianization" implies? What good has it gave to the submitted ones?
When you refer to "germanize", what do you mean exactly? That they were forcing Slavs to adopt the cultural legacy of the Roman Empire?
I know after all this subjugation, the people under mandatum of the Emperors and Popes were used as manpower to collect valued items in the name of the holy church, and then carried to the Vatican.
In fact, later in the Roman Empire, "Germanic" people was used as warriors and so were the high ranks, this because their bravery in battle. I've heard the Roman Emperors of the Italic peninsula were decreasing for being less combative and more tendig to cowardice. I would like to know If this is somehow (or just plain) truth.