IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 611: Circa 1261: The Emergence of Medieval World History

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Seminar, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Moderator/Chair:Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest / Eötvös Loránd University
Paper 611-a1260: Year of Apocalypse or Break Out in the Latin West
(Language: English)
Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Seminar, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Crusades, Theology
Paper 611-b1204 as an Apocalyptic Event in Byzantium around 1261
(Language: English)
Wolfram Brandes, Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Theology
Abstract

In the year 1261, Constantinople fell back to the Greek – and at the same time, from China to the Atlantic, from the Russian steppes to Egypt, people became aware of each other. In 1260 – in the (Latin) presumed fatal joachite year – the Mongol imperial centre was moved from Central Asia to Beijing, where around thtis very year the brothers Polo travelled, while the Mongols were defeated by the Mamluks in Syria and therefore turned to Western powers for alliance. The session focuses on this moment when the medieval world moved together, looking at it from the point of view of the Latin West, of Byzantium, and of the Mongol empire.