International Relations in/and the Middle Ages

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    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.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelThe Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations
    RedacteurenBenjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez, Halvard Leira
    Plaats van productieLondon
    Aantal pagina's11
    ISBN van elektronische versie9781351168960
    ISBN van geprinte versie9780815347644
    StatusPublished - jun-2021

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