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The Medieval Networks in East Central Europe
Commerce, Contacts, Communication

ISBN 9781138554856
Published October 31, 2018 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Medieval Networks in East Central Europe explores the economic, cultural, and religious forms of contact between East Central Europe and the surrounding world in the eight to the fifteenth century. The sixteen chapters are grouped into four thematic parts: the first deals with the problem of the region as a zone between major power centers; the second provides case studies on the economic and cultural implications of religious ties; the third addresses the problem of trade during the state formation process in the region, and the final part looks at the inter- and intraregional trade in the Late Middle Ages.

Supported by an extensive range of images, tables, and maps, Medieval Networks in East Central Europe demonstrates and explores the huge significance and international influence that East Central Europe held during the medieval period and is essential reading for scholars and students wishing to understand the integral role that this region played within the processes of the Global Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

Balázs Nagy, Felicitas Schmieder, and András Vadas, Introduction

Part One: East Central Europe – No Man’s Land or Historical Region?

1. Christian Raffensperger, Reimagining Europe: An Outsider Looks at the Medieval East–West Divide

2. Sergiu Musteață, The Carpathian-Danubian Region during the Eighth and Ninth Centuries: A General View Based on Archaeological Records

3. Sébastien Rossignol, The Entry of Early Medieval Slavs into World History: the Chronicle of Moissac

4. Felicitas Schmieder, Medieval Latin Europe Connecting with the Rest of the World: The East Central European Link

Part Two: Christianization and the East-West link

5. Daniel Syrbe, Gregory the Great and the Bishops. Papal Letters and the Ecclesiastical Integration and Disintegration of East Central Europe

6. Florin Curta and Matthew Koval, Children in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Hungary and Poland: an Archaeological Comparison

7. András Vadas, Technologies on the Road between West and East. The Spread of Water Mills and the Christianization of East Central Europe

8. Mária Vargha, The Impact of Castles on the Development of the Local Church System in Hungary in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries


Part Three: Trade relations of East Central Europe in the age of state formation

9. Dariusz Adamczyk, The Logic of Tribute versus the Logic of Commerce: Why Did Dirhams Reach East Central Europe during the Tenth Century?

10. Matthias Hardt, The Importance of Long-Distance Trade for the Slavic Princes in the Early and High Middle Ages

11. Bence Péterfi, The Heyday and Fate of an Early Trade Center: Graphite Pottery in Early Óbuda


Part Four: Trade relations of East Central Europe in the late medieval period

12. Roman Zaoral, Mining, Coinage, and Metal Export in the Thirteenth Century: the Czech Lands and Italy in Comparative Perspective

13. Beata Mozejko, Late Medieval Gdańsk as a Bridge between Regions: Western European, Hanseatic, and East Central European Contacts

14. Grzegorz Myśliwski, A Silesian Town and the Hungarian Monarchy. Economic Contacts between Wrocław and Hungary, ca. 1250–1500

15. Mária Pakucs-Willcocks, Transit Trade and Intercontinental Trade during the Late Middle Ages: Textiles and Spices in the Customs Accounts of Brașov and Sibiu

16. Balázs Nagy, Reflected in a Distorted Mirror: Trade Contacts of Medieval East Central Europe in Recent Historiography





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Balázs Nagy is Associate Professor of Medieval History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and visiting faculty at the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest. His main research interests are medieval economic and urban history.

Felicitas Schmieder is Professor of Pre-Modern History at Fernuniversität Hagen. Her main research interests are the history of cross-cultural contacts, urban history, cultural memory, and pre-modern cartography.

András Vadas is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His research interests are the environmental, urban, and economic history of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.


'This multi-disciplinary volume brings together a wealth of case studies on the history and archaeology of East Central Europe. With their focus on connectivity, these contributions challenge the notion of a static and bounded medieval Europe, traditionally dominated by studies of the West.'

Aleks Pluskowski, University of Reading, UK


'This book presents important research by leading and emerging scholars on an often neglected region of Europe. The essays in The Medieval Networks in East Central Europe cover a wide variety of topics with a particular emphasis on trade relations, both within the region and with Western Europe and Asia, which will appeal to medievalists in general, not just specialists in this region. In fact, the essays in this book demonstrate that the medieval history of this region is an essential part not only of European history but also of Europe’s place in world history.'

Paul Milliman, University of Arizona, USA