IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 325: Byzantium in Context, II: Environment, Economy, and Power - Crisis and Renewal in the Byzantine World

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institut für Byzanzforschung / Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institute for Historical Research, Section of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Organiser:Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Ekaterini Mitsiou, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Paper 325-aByzantium and Global History: Towards a New Determinism?
(Language: English)
Mark Whittow, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 325-bThe Middle Byzantine Revival from an Environmental Perspective: A Return to the Antique Models?
(Language: English)
Adam Izdebski, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Demography, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 325-cTopography, Ecology, and (Byzantine) Power in Early Medieval Eastern Anatolia and Armenia, 700-1050
(Language: English)
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 325-dA Concerted 'discourse': Interplay between Environment and Human Agency in the Area of Smyrna (Modern Izmir) in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Myrto Veikou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Crete / Department of History & Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Abstract

The long history of the Byzantine Empire includes several periods of severe crisis and almost collapse (7th/8th century, 11th century, late 12th century) as well as subsequent political and economic recovery. While environmental and climatic factors for these developments have been discussed frequently in scholarship, new paleo-environmental as well archaeological evidence provides a firmer basis for an evaluation of the impact of these phenomena. In this session, studies for various regions and periods will analyse their overall dynamics as well as the specific interplay between environment and human societies in the various regional ecologies, which can be found in the medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Near East.