Frontiers in Question: Eurasian Borderlands, 700-1700

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The nine essays in this book seek to answer the questions of what made a "frontier" between the ancient and modern eras, how people imagined their frontiers, and why historians have sometimes had very different ideas of what these frontiers were like. The collection spreads across much of Europe and Asia, familiar frontiers in Western Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea, and includes examples from China, Mesopotamia, and Lithuania. Ranging from the eighth to the seventeenth centuries, the essays challenge us...
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Overview


The nine essays in this book seek to answer the questions of what made a "frontier" between the ancient and modern eras, how people imagined their frontiers, and why historians have sometimes had very different ideas of what these frontiers were like. The collection spreads across much of Europe and Asia, familiar frontiers in Western Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea, and includes examples from China, Mesopotamia, and Lithuania. Ranging from the eighth to the seventeenth centuries, the essays challenge us to rethink our modern notions of frontiers as neat lines intended to divide one state from another because frontiers in the past were often far more complex.
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This volume... should be read by specialists in the various fields represented, as well as those interested in cross-cultural studies. History: Review of New Books
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Intended for students and lay readers as well as experts, ten essays explore the concept of frontiers in early Eurasian history. The introduction notes that American readers might use the term interchangeably with but explains that while the former term successfully conveys division, it does not simultaneously invoke interaction, which is part of the concept of frontiers discussed here. The essays explore such disparate frontiers as those in the British Isles, France, Spain, the Eastern Mediterranean, China, Mesopotamia, and Lithuania. In the historical attitudes toward frontiers illuminated herein, readers may find relevance to the prevalent border disputes of today's international affairs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312216382
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Themes in Focus Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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Daniel Power is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Sheffield.

Naomi Standen is Assistant Professor of Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
• Frontiers: Terms, Concepts, and the Historians of Medieval and Early Modern Europe--Daniel Power
• Nine Case Studies of Premodern Frontiers--Naomi Standen
• The Creation of a Medieval Frontier: Islam and Christianity in the Iberian Peninsula, Eighth to Eleventh Centuries--Eduardo Manzano Moreno
• (Re)constructing the Frontiers of Tenth-Century North China--Naomi Standen
• The Byzantine Frontier at the Lower Danube in the Late Tenth and Eleventh Centuries--Paul Stephenson
• French and Norman Frontiers in the Central Middle Ages--Daniel Power
• Northern Syria Between the Mongols and Mamluks: Political Boundary, Military Frontier, and Ethnic Affinities--Reuven Amitai-Preiss
• The English State and its Frontiers in the British Isles, 1300-1600--Steven G. Ellis
• The Lithuano-Prussian Forest Frontier, c.1422-1600-S.C. Rowell
• Crusaders as Frontiersmen: The Case of the Order of St. John in the Mediterranean--Ann Williams
• The Frontier in Ottoman History: Old Ideas and New Myths--Colin Heywood
• Index
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