Travel and Conflict in the Early Modern World  book cover
1st Edition

Travel and Conflict in the Early Modern World

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 19, 2020
ISBN 9780367524210
December 18, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations

SAVE ~ $31.00
was $155.00
USD $124.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This edited collection examines the meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict to uncover the experience of travel – whether real or imagined – in the early modern world. Until relatively recently, both domestic travel and voyages to the wider world remained dangerous undertakings. Physical travel, whether initiated by religious conversion and pilgrimage, diplomacy, trade, war, or the desire to encounter other cultures, inevitably heralded disruption: contact zones witnessed cultural encounters that were not always cordial, despite the knowledge acquisition and financial gain that could be reaped from travel. Vast compendia of travel such as Hakluyt’s Principla Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries, printed from the late sixteenth century, and Prévost's Histoire Générale des Voyages (1746-1759) underscored European exploration as a marker of European progress, and in so doing showed the tensions that can arise as a consequence of interaction with other cultures. In focusing upon language acquisition and translation, travel and religion, travel and politics, and imaginary travel, the essays in this collection tease out the ways in which travel was both obstructed and enriched by conflict.

Table of Contents

Introduction: travel and conflict

Gábor Gelléri and Rachel Willie

Part 1: Language, translation and assimilation

1. Babel as a source of conflict: a case study of two discovery narratives

Marie-Christine Gomez-Géraud

2. Language, mediation, conflict and power in early modern China: the roles of the interpreter in Matteo Ricci’s Journals

Céline Bonnotte-Hoover

3. "Strange accidents": navigating conflict in Sir Thomas Smithes voiage and entertainment in Rushia

Natalya Din-Kariuki

Part 2: Travel, religion and the violence of the road

4. Arming the Alps through art: saints, knights and bandits on the early modern road

Joanne W. Anderson

5. Between hermits and heretics: Maronite religious renewal and the Turk in Catholic travel accounts of Lebanon after the Council of Trent

Robert John Clines

6. The wars in Europe and the journeying play: Thomas Drue’s The Duchess Of Suffolk (1624)

David Nicol

Part 3: War, diplomacy and dissimulation

7. Ambassadors as travellers in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century

Paul M. Dover

8. Squadrons of inkpots: Pietro Aretino and the narrativity of conflict

William T. Rossiter

9. Avoiding conflict in the early modern Levant: Henry Blount’s adaptations in Ottoman lands

Eva Johanna Holmberg

Part 4: The art of travel and imaginary journeys

10. Ars apodemica gendered: female advice on travel 

Gábor Gelléri

11. Travel, utopia, and conflict: patterns of irony in early modern utopian narratives

Daniel Carey

12. Lunar travel and lunacy: reading conflict in Aphra Behn’s The Emperor of the Moon

Rachel Willie

View More



Gábor Gelléri is Lecturer in French at Aberystwyth University

Rachel Willie is Reader in Early Modern Literary Studies at Liverpool John Moores University