International Relations in/and the Middle Ages

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    Abstract

    The Middle Ages occupy a central yet problematic role as both the point of origins in historical narratives of International Relations (IR) and as the ever-present Other in the conceptual apparatus of the discipline. In this chapter, I focus on three ways of reimagining the Middle Ages that may potentially be fruitful in gaining a better historical understanding and disentangling the medieval from some of its problematic connotations and functions. First, I consider how to break with the notion of the singular, unified medieval by looking at alternative periodiations and breaks within what is conventionally considered to be the Middle Ages. Second, I challenge the isolation and locality of the period by looking into global connections and circuits. Finally, I tackle the role of the medieval in reproducing a specific metageography of Europe by looking at how it can point to alternative spaces and spatial imaginaries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations
    EditorsBenjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez, Halvard Leira
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter38
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351168960
    ISBN (Print)9780815347644
    Publication statusPublished - Jun-2021

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