IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 220: Rethinking Medieval Italy, I: The North/South Divide Reconsidered - Politics and the Transmission of Culture in Medieval Italy

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:George Dameron, Department of History, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
Valerie Ramseyer, Department of History, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Moderator/Chair:Valerie Ramseyer, Department of History, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Paper 220-aGenoa and the Islands
(Language: English)
Steven Epstein, Department of History, University of Kansas
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 220-bConnecting North and South: The Case of Medical Learning and Practice
(Language: English)
Monica Green, Department of History, Arizona State University
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Literacy and Orality, Medicine
Paper 220-cNoble Culture in the North and the South: A Preliminary Comparison (unconfirmed)
(Language: English)
Carol Lansing, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Abstract

This panel is the first of seven (six plus one round table discussion) under the general theme, ‘Rethinking Medieval Italy’. It revises the trajectories of northern and southern Italy, claiming that the negative assumptions about the south and the loss of sources account for the view that southern Italy went into decline after 1000. Monica Green’s paper demonstrates that medicine continued to flourish in the south well beyond 1300, and that communications occurred between north and south. Jill Caskey’s paper shows how different assumptions about northern and southern art have led to completely different interpretations of a similar art form. Epstein examines Sardinia and Corsica to cast doubt on the standard argument that southern Italy was too impoverished to experience sustained economic development.