IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 511: Trial by Combat: Military Cultures Clash for Supremacy

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Guy M. Wilson, Independent Scholar, Harrogate
Moderator/Chair:Guy M. Wilson, Independent Scholar, Harrogate
Paper 511-aThe Hundred Years War as a Clash of Cultures
(Language: English)
Kelly DeVries, Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland / Royal Armouries, Leeds
Index terms: Military History
Paper 511-bThe Mongols in Poland and Japan, 1241-74
(Language: English)
Stephen R. Turnbull, Centre for Military History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History
Paper 511-cSwedes and Russians on the Finnish Frontier, 1230-1500
(Language: English)
Philip Walter Line, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History
Abstract

Paper a: This could involve the longbow question–as well as other technological dissimilarities between England, France, Burgundy, the Low Countries, Spain, etc. It might also discuss the differences between all of these cultures, inc. the different French parts–the fact that Guyenne felt more English than French, that Burgundy and Brittany felt more independent, and that Normandy was quite frankly confused. Not to mention that the Low Countries’ entities were so different.
Paper b: The Mongol invasions produced the most profound clash of military cultures in the thirteenth century. This paper examines the impact on their enemies of the use of unfamiliar military technology at the battle of Leignitz 1241 and the first invasion of Japan in 1274. Particular
reference will be made to the recent evidence acquired from underwater archaeology in Japan that has provided confirmation of the nature of the explosive weapons used by the Mongol armies.
Paper c: This is another ‘clash of military cultures’ theme, which involves a clash of other traditions, notably religious.