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
    UitgeverijRoutledge
    Hoofdstuk38
    Aantal pagina's11
    ISBN van elektronische versie9781351168960
    ISBN van geprinte versie9780815347644
    StatusPublished - jun-2021

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