15 Feb 16
Medieval studies in Germany have needed time to discover maritime connections as a field of historical research. To date, the history of seas and oceans in the Middle Ages has generally been reduced to that of specific aspects such as the German Hansa, the Vikings etc – or it has been relegated to certain sub-disciplines such as economic history. Seen from the perspective of comparative history however, it is imperative not to understand the sea as a detached field of historical research, but rather as an integral part of medieval people’s experiences and mind frames. As such, the maritime world was not a separated geographical zone, but rather inextricably interwoven into medieval history at such. This volume comprises articles on European seas (the North Sea, the Baltic, the Black Sea) as well as on intercontinental seascapes such as the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. They present important new contributions from the perspective of Scandinavian, Islamic, Indian and Medieval Studies. This collection will point out new paths of research, not the least due to a change in perspective – from a terrestrial to a maritime point of view – that provides unusual insights.
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