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Global Histories Before Globalisation

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This series opens a major new forum of debate for scholars working on Global History in the millennium between ca. 500 and 1500 AD. It seeks to connect previously disconnected historiographies and profoundly change our understanding of the so-called ‘medieval’ period.

Exploring this millennium of history at a global level creates an opportunity to revisit nationalistic and Eurocentric master narratives, not only of the ‘medieval’ millennium, but also of the origins of the so-called Modern World. We welcome discussion on both alternative models of periodisation and alternative approaches to traditional constructions of spaces and identities.

This unprecedented series seeks to initiate a global conversation in which scholars can share and debate their ideas on these topics through: research monographs, translated sources and works of synthesis. Studies can include those on the cross-cultural transmission of ideas, global trade, warfare or macro theories/narratives concerning the development of human societies during this era. We are especially interested in microhistories with transcultural and transcontinental implications. Thus it is to be hoped that contributing studies will help to re-write the history of events as well as processes whose global implications have yet to be explored.

Advisory Board: Taef El-Azhari, Helwan University, Egypt | Peter Frankopan, Worcester College, Oxford, UK | Verena Krebs, Bochum University, Germany | Monica H. Green, Independent Scholar, US  [Further additions to follow]


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Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650–1461

Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650–1461

1st Edition

By Rustam Shukurov
December 13, 2023

This book offers a comprehensive study into the perceptions of ancient and medieval Iran in the Byzantine empire, exploring the effects of Persian culture upon Byzantine intellectualism, society and culture. Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650-1461 focusses on the enduring position of ancient Persia in ...

The Long Millennium Affluence, Architecture and Its Dark Matter Economy

The Long Millennium: Affluence, Architecture and Its Dark Matter Economy

1st Edition

By Mark Jarzombek
December 01, 2023

This book argues that long-distance trade in luxury items – such as diamonds, gold, cinnamon, scented woods, ivory and pearls, all of which require little overhead in their acquisition and were relatively easy to transport – played a foundational role in the creation of what we would call "global ...

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