IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 202: Comparative Approaches to Medieval Elite History

Monday 1 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Hilde de Weerdt, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Michael Lackner, Lehrstuhl für Sinologie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
Respondent:Hilde de Weerdt, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 202-aAn 11th-Century Crisis of Elites?
(Language: English)
R. I. Moore, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 202-bContending for the Orthodoxy: Zhen Dexiu's Ideas about Fate and Divination
(Language: English)
Hsien-huei Liao, Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Index terms: Daily Life, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 202-cThe Political Dimensions of Venetian Merchant Networks
(Language: English)
Franz-Julius Morche, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Social History

This panel explores comparative approaches to late medieval elite history focusing on elite responses to crises. R. I. Moore examines how the 11th century can be seen as a crisis moment in global history and compares elite responses to crises across Eurasia. Liao Hsien-huei and Michael Lackner discuss findings from a comparative project on strategies for coping with the future in medieval Asia and Europe. Liao’s paper focuses on Chinese elite networks and mantic practices. Julius Morche and Hilde De Weerdt report on a comparative project on elite communication networks. Morche’s paper examines the political dimensions of late medieval Venetian merchant correspondence networks.