IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1732: Power, Politics, and Society in Medieval Bulgaria

Thursday 12 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:South-Eastern European Medievalists Network (SEEM-N)
Organiser:Jake Ransohoff, Department of Medieval Studies, University of Chicago
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Paper 1732-aBulgarian Collapse and Ottoman Conquest in the Reign of Ivan Shishman (1371-1395): Problems and Perspectives
(Language: English)
Jake Ransohoff, Department of Medieval Studies, University of Chicago
Index terms: Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1732-bCompeting for the Empire: Bulgaria and the Latins, 1204-1261
(Language: English)
Francesco Dall'Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1732-cMen of Letters and Kingship in Medieval Bulgaria
(Language: English)
Svetlina Nikolova, Cyrillo Methodian Research Centre, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Slavic, Political Thought

This session examines the mechanisms of wealth, community, and authority which characterize the political landscape of medieval Bulgaria between the 7th and 14th centuries. Its primary aim is to set questions of structural relationships between power, politics, and society into their appropriate contexts. In particular, the paper will address the following issues: how did patterns of political or social power come into being, and how and why did they change over time? How did players in the political ‘game(s)’ of medieval Bulgaria understand themselves, and how did others perceive them? How did external entities influence the tenor of political or social discourse within Bulgarian lands? How did changes in the political structures of Bulgaria contribute, in turn, to broader changes in the social and economic fabric of the medieval Balkans?