The Colonies of Genoa in the Black Sea Region
Evolution and Transformation
This book focuses on the network of the Genoese colonies in the Black Sea area and their diverse multi-ethnic societies. It raises the problems of continuity of the colonial patterns, reveals the importance of the formation of the late medieval / early modern colonialism, the urban demography, and the functioning of the polyethnic entangled society of Caffa in its interaction with the outer world. It offers a novel interpretation of the functioning of this late medieval colonial polyethnic society and rejects the widely accepted narrative portraying the whole history of Caffa of the fifteenth century as a period of constant decline and depopulation.
Table of Contents
1. Overview of Historiography and Sources
2. To the Origins of the Genoese Black Sea Colonization: The Genoese Gazaria in Its Genesis and Shaping, 13th-14th Centuries
3. Understanding Colonial Space: Topography and Spatial Layout of the Cities and Hinterland of the Genoese Gazaria
4. Governing the Overseas Colonies: Evolution and Transformation of the Administrative System
5. The World of Entangled Identities: The Dynamics of the Population of Caffa in Its Ethnic and Religious Categories
6. Prestige, Stratification, and Social Groups in the Society of Caffa
7. Caffa as a Centre of Trade: Dynamics of Economic Activity, Traffic, and Communications
8. Politics and International Relationships in the Black Sea Area in 1400–1475: Transformation and Fall of Caffa
Evgeny Khvalkov is a Senior Lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.