This volume brings together for the first time a collection of twelve articles written both jointly and individually by Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell as they have participated in the debates generated by their major work, The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History (2000). One theme in those debates has been how a comprehensive Mediterranean history can be written: how an approach to Mediterranean history by way of its ecologies and the communications between them can be joined up with more mainstream forms of enquiry – cultural, social, economic, and political, with their specific chronologies and turning points. The second theme raises the question of how Mediterranean history can be fitted into a larger, indeed global history. It concerns the definition of the Mediterranean in space, the way to characterise its frontiers, and the relations between the region so defined and the other large spaces, many of them oceans, to which historians have increasingly turned for novel disciplinary-cum-geographical units of study. A volume collecting the two authors’ studies on both these themes, as well as their reply to critics of The Corrupting Sea, should prove invaluable to students and scholars from a number of disciplines: ancient, medieval and early modern history, archaeology, and social anthropology.
American Historical Review, special issue, Forum, ‘Oceans of History’, 111.3 (2006), pp. 722–40
Rethinking the Mediterranean, ed. W. V. Harris (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 348–75
Mediterranean Historical Review, 18.2 (2003), pp. 9–29
Mobility and Travel from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, ed. R. Schlesier and U. Zellmann (Lit: Berlin, 2004), pp. 74–83
The Mediterranean Cities between Myth and Reality, ed. F. Frediani (Lugano: Nerbini, 2014), pp. 37–51
Rethinking the Mediterranean, ed. W. V. Harris (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 200–232
Ancient Colonizations: Analogy, Similarity and Difference, ed. H. Hurst and S. Owen (London: Bristol Classical Press, 2005), pp. 115–39
Not previously published
Managing Water Resources Past and Present: The Linacre Lectures 2002, ed. J. Trottier and P. Slack (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 35–49
The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography, ed. P. N. Miller (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013), pp. 84–108
Saharan Frontiers: Space and Mobility in Northwest Africa, ed. J. McDougall and J. Scheele (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), pp. 25–38
New Horizons: Mediterranean Research in the 21st Century, ed. M. Dabag, D. Haller, N. Jaspert, and A. Lichtenberger (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink/Ferdinand Schöningh, 2016), pp. 211–24
The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.
The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.
Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.
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