Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages

Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages

by John M. Ganim
     
 

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Drawing on evidence from Asia, Northern Africa, and Europe, this collection of essays examines a rich array of concepts and practices that promoted peaceable intercultural exchange in the Middle Ages. The volume explores the possibility that the Middle Ages - a historical era largely ignored or glossed over in present-day debates about the nature and the future of

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Drawing on evidence from Asia, Northern Africa, and Europe, this collection of essays examines a rich array of concepts and practices that promoted peaceable intercultural exchange in the Middle Ages. The volume explores the possibility that the Middle Ages - a historical era largely ignored or glossed over in present-day debates about the nature and the future of global relations - might provide many potentially revitalizing new genealogies for thinking about cosmopolitanism.

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"The authors and the two editors are to be commended . . . [The essays] straddle various disciplines, they move us around in space and they carry us through many centuries. They are thoughtful, well documented, and up-to-date. The editors do their duty regarding the when and why of the collection." - The Medieval Review

"The balance of topics is extremely strong, and I think the book as a whole does a great deal to expand our notions of what cosmopolitanism means. The essays enrich historical understandings of interactions between different groups and between individuals of different faiths, backgrounds, and locales in the medieval era." - Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Professor of English Literature and Comparative Medieval Studies and Katzin Professor in Jewish Civilization, University of California San Diego, USA

"The essays in Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages constitute a powerful argument for a premodern cosmopolitanism, one that is marked by rich and complex cultural, social, linguistic, and economic exchanges. The cosmopolitan imaginary at work here is marked by plurality, division, and tension, as well as curiosity and creativity. This compelling book is a warm invitation to accompany medieval writers and travelers as they explore the world around them and push eagerly at the boundaries of what is familiar." - Stephanie Trigg, Professor of English, The University of Melbourbane, Australia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137138545
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/20/2013
Series:
New Middle Ages
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
3 MB

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