Medieval Cultures in Contact

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Januar 2002



Medievalists have long considered topics of cultural contact such as antagonism or exchange between western Europe and the Islamic world, the west's debts to Byzantium, European expansion during the Crusades, and Mediterranean trade. Medieval Cultures in Contact grows out of such traditional themes of European identity and its relations with others, but its essays pose new questions and view the topic from different perspectives.In recent generations, the study of non-European cultures for their effects on the west has changed to consideration of diverse medieval cultures as separate and worth studying on their own. The change is due in part to the influences of other disciplines, such as comparative literature, the social sciences, and subaltern studies. With the increased interest in such groups, cultures in contact is no longer necessarily European contact with one group or another, with Europeans the common ground in each encounter; it now extends to a much wider range of cultures and their interactions.The approach to cultures in contact running through many essays of this volume is that the meeting of cultures promotes historical change in the original societies and creates new societies at the point of contact. The medieval world was rich in the meeting of cultures that created new circumstances and results, some based on borders between cultures, others on internal reactions to contact. The essays in Medieval Cultures in Contact consider many diverse locales, periods, and protagonists in which or on whom the meeting of cultures was formative. The topics include the origin of western Christian culture in Bede's England, the contact of east and west in the Islamic and Asianworlds, the western perceptions of the east in German literature, and cross-cultural influences in several Mediterranean regions.The relations between the Christian majority and the culture of the Jewish minority in northwestern Europe, and the interaction between the occup


RICHARD F. GYUG is Associate Professor of History at Fordham University and author of Missale ragusinum: The Missal of Dubrovnik, and The Diocese of Barcelona during the Black Death: The Register 'Notule communium' 15.

EAN: 9780823222124
ISBN: 0823222128
Untertitel: 'Fordham Series in Medieval Stu'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2002
Seitenanzahl: 282 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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