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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 544: Cooperation amidst Conflict: Urban and Noble Relationships in the Iberian Peninsula in the Late Middle Ages, I - The Socio-Political Arena

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Organiser:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Moderator/Chair:Flocel Sabaté Curull, Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medievals 'Espai, poder I cultura', Universitat de Lleida
Paper 544-aThe Crown, the Nobility, and the Urban World in Portugal in the 15th Century: Removable Alliances
(Language: English)
Adelaide Millán da Costa, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Administration, Law, Social History
Paper 544-bApplying the Catholic Monarchs' Institutional Reform Programme: The Biscay Political Arena
(Language: English)
Arsenio Dacosta, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Zamora
Index terms: Anthropology, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 544-c'My enemy's enemy […]': Fighting the Foe through Cooperation in Urban Castile
(Language: English)
José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought, Social History

During the Late Middle Ages, Iberian towns were the object of the nobility's never fully satisfied predatory appetite; succession and other civil conflicts giving the nobility the opportunity to profit from disorder to 'fatten its purse'. Conflict and a 'victim-foe' political relationship framework thus underlie the relations between towns and nobility. This is nevertheless just an aspect of the question, since most times towns were not only able to confront their foes (giving up their role as victims) but to force or convince them to cooperate in developing common short- or long-term projects. In this manner, conflict and competition gave room to other forms of political relation: cooperation and deal, building up synergies of different kind and at different levels. This double session aims to analyse the way that this Schmittean friend/enemy binary relationship split into a more complex relation, especially highlighting the cooperative forms of socio-political and economic action.