A. Classen (éd.), Globalism in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age

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Albrecht Classen (éd.), Globalism in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age. Innovative Approaches and Perspectives, Berlin, 2023.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 27
643 pages
ISBN : 9783111190228
139,95 €

Although it is fashionable among modernists to claim that globalism emerged only since ca. 1800, the opposite can well be documented through careful comparative and transdisciplinary studies, as this volume demonstrates, offering a wide range of innovative perspectives on often neglected literary, philosophical, historical, or medical documents. Texts, images, ideas, knowledge, and objects migrated throughout the world already in the pre-modern world, even if the quantitative level compared to the modern world might have been different. In fact, by means of translations and trade, for instance, global connections were established and maintained over the centuries. Archetypal motifs developed in many literatures indicate how much pre-modern people actually shared. But we also discover hard-core facts of global economic exchange, import of exotic medicine, and, on another level, intensive intellectual debates on religious issues. Literary evidence serves best to expose the extent to which contacts with people in foreign countries were imaginable, often desirable, and at times feared, of course. The pre-modern world was much more on the move and reached out to distant lands out of curiosity, economic interests, and political and military concerns. Diplomats crisscrossed the continents, and artists, poets, and craftsmen traveled widely. We can identify, for instance, both the Vikings and the Arabs as global players long before the rise of modern globalism, so this volume promises to rewrite many of our traditional notions about pre-modern worldviews, economic conditions, and the literary sharing on a global level, as perhaps best expressed by the genre of the fable.



Albrecht Classen
Globalism in the Pre-Modern World? Questions, Challenges, and the Emergence of a New Approach to the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age
Fidel Fajardo-Acosta
Global Inferno: Medieval Giants, Monsters, and the Breaching of the Great Barrier
Warren Tormey
Swords as Medieval Icons and Early “Global Brands”
Karen C. Pinto
Ecce! A Ninth-Century Isidorean T-O Map Labeled in Arabic
William Mahan
Going Rogue Across the Globe: International Vagrants, Outlaws, Bandits, and Tricksters from Medieval Europe, Asia, and the Middle East
Quan Gan
Modifying Ancestral Memories in Post-Carolingian West Francia and Post-Tang Wuyue China
Abel Lorenzo-Rodríguez
Scalping Saint Peter’s Head: An Interreligious Controversy over a Punishment from Baghdad to Rome (Eighth to Twelfth Centuries)
Maha Baddar
A Global Dialogue in al-Kindī’s “A Short Treatise on the Soul”
Najlaa R. Aldeeb
Globalism in Paul of Antioch’s Letter to a Muslim Friend and Its Refutation by Ibn Taymiyya
Abdoulaye Samaké and Amina Boukail
The Global Fable in the Middle Ages
Albrecht Classen
Globalism in the Late Middle Ages: The Low German Niederrheinische Orientbericht as a Significant Outpost of a Paradigm Shift. The Move Away from Traditional Eurocentrism
Chiara Benati and Marialuisa Caparrini
The Germanic Translations of Lanfranc’s Surgical Works as Example of Global Circulation of Knowledge
Nina Maria Gonzalbez
Brick by Brick: Constructing Identity at Don Lope Fernández de Luna’s Parroquieta at La Seo
Leo Donnarumma
Quello assalto di Otranto fu cagione di assai male. First Results of a Study of the Globalization in the Neapolitan Army in the 1480s
Peter Dobek
The Diplomat and the Public House: Ioannes Dantiscus (1485–1548) and His Use of the Inns, Taverns, and Alehouses of Europe
Amany El-Sawy
Globalism During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I
Sally Abed
Between East and West: John Pory’s Translation of Leo Africanus’s Description of Africa
David Tomíček
The Old and the New – Pepper, Bezoar, and Other Exotic Substances in Bohemian Narratives about Distant Lands from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (up to the 1560s)
Thomas Willard
John Dee and the Creation of the British Empire
Reinhold Münster
Eberhard Werner Happel: A Seventeenth-Century Cosmographer and Cosmopolitan
Albrecht Classen
Globalism Before Modern Globalism

List of Illustrations
Biographies of the Contributors


Source : De Gruyter