Evolution of German linguistic area from to [ dubious — discuss ] Why is the map "dubious"? These areas had been left by their ancestors[ citation needed ], the Germanic tribes , in the Migration Period partly due to incursions by the Huns , and since had been settled by Baltic peoples , and, since about the 8th century[ citation needed ], the Slavs. It presents Pomorze, Silesia and Wielkopolska as almost completely German in 18,19, 20 century which contradicts knowledge about those areas. See scholary maps regarding those areas    Second-"their ancestors. Germanic tribes existed also in Scandinavia, North Germany and moved to Germany proper besides areas written about.
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Sporadic use of fertilizers was likewise introduced. This led to new types of larger villages, replacing the previously dominant type of small villages consisting of four to eight farms.
The cultural landscape of East Central Europe formed by the medieval settlement processes essentially prevails until today. It is however possible to contest to what extent this was a direct result of migration and how far it was due to increased agricultural productivity and the gathering pace of urbanization.
While the Wendish tithe was a fixed tax depending on village size, the German tithe depended on the actual crop, leading to higher taxes being collected from settlers than from the Wends, even though settlers were at least in part exempted from taxes in the first years after the settlement was established. In the Slavic areas, cities already existed before the Ostsiedlung. Layout: The new towns were planned towns , with their layout often resembling a checkerboard.
Location: Where towns were not founded on previously empty soil ex cruda radice, ex nihilo, e. Neubrandenburg ,  , they were—with few exceptions—built a certain distance from a pre-existing castle or early town. Stettin now Szczecin. Many of them joined the Hanseatic League. The settlers[ edit ] Sachsenspiegel depicting the Ostsiedlung. The Lokator with a special hat receives the foundation charter from the landlord.
Settlers clear the forest and build houses. The locator acts as the judge in the village. The vast majority of the settlers were speakers of a variety of German dialects. In the northern zones Low German, at that time varieties of Lower-Saxonian, but also of early Netherlandish, that is to say, in modern terms, Dutch and Flemish.
Next to these also Frisian. In the central zones speakers of Thuringian en Upper-Saxonian participated. In the southern zones speakers of East Frankish and Bavarian tongues were dominant. Significant numbers of Dutch , Frisians and Flemish as well as though to a lesser extent Danes, Scots or local Wends and French speaking Walloons also participated. The settlers were mostly landless younger children of noble families who could not inherit property. Entrepreneur-adventurers, often from lower-noble descent, called locators, played a recruiting, negotiating and co-ordinating role and established new villages, juridically and geo-physically.
Of course, outlaws took the opportunity to escape but they were not appreciated because success depended upon discipline and solidarity.
As a result, the Southeast was settled by South Germans Bavarians , Swabians , the Northeast by Saxons in particular those from Westphalia , Flanders , Holland , and Frisia , while central regions were settled by Franks.
As a result, the different German dialect groups expanded eastward along with their bearers, the "new" Eastern forms only slightly differing from their Western counterparts. Among them the Slavic dukes piasts and kings.
Also, settlers were invited by religious institutions such as monasteries and bishops, who had become mighty land-owners in the course of Christian mission. Often, a local secular ruler would grant vast woodlands and wilderness and a few villages to an order like the Cistercian monks , who would erect an abbey, call in settlers and cultivate the land.
Settlement was usually organised by a so-called Lokator allocator of land , who was granted an important position such as the inheritable position of the village elder Schulte or Schulze.
Towns were founded and granted German town law. The agricultural, legal, administrative, and technical methods of the immigrants, as well as their successful proselytising of the native inhabitants, led to a gradual transformation of the settlement areas, as former linguistically and culturally Slavic areas became Germanised. German cultural and linguistic influence lasted in some of these areas right up to the present day.
The rulers of Hungary , Bohemia, Silesia , Pomerania , Mecklenburg , and Poland encouraged German settlement in order to promote the development of the less populated portions of their realms. To provide an incentive to immigrate, the Transylvanian Saxons and Baltic Germans were corporately combined and privileged.
Probably the population halved by that time and in addition economically marginal settlements were left, in particular on the sandy soil of Pomerania and Western Prussia.
In eroberten Gebieten wurden Grenzmarken etabliert. Der Zuzug deutscher Bauern und Kaufleute folgte erst unter den Staufern. Ein Pfarrkirchensystem bestand noch nicht; sein Ausbau ist verbunden mit dem Zuzug deutscher Siedler. Allerdings gingen auch immer wieder bereits eroberte Gebiete verloren. Besonders gravierende Folgen hatten der Slawenaufstand von und eine Erhebung der Abodriten ab Im
Sporadic use of fertilizers was likewise introduced. This led to new types of larger villages, replacing the previously dominant type of small villages consisting of four to eight farms. The cultural landscape of East Central Europe formed by the medieval settlement processes essentially prevails until today. It is however possible to contest to what extent this was a direct result of migration and how far it was due to increased agricultural productivity and the gathering pace of urbanization. While the Wendish tithe was a fixed tax depending on village size, the German tithe depended on the actual crop, leading to higher taxes being collected from settlers than from the Wends, even though settlers were at least in part exempted from taxes in the first years after the settlement was established.