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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 827: Turning Point or Continuation?: Economy and Sacrum in 10th-11th Centuries in Central and Eastern Europe

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Organisers:Wojciech Chudziak, Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Jarosław Wenta, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Centrum Mediewistyczne, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Moderator/Chair:Paul Knoll, Department of History, University of Southern California
Paper 827-aEconomical Imbalances as Stimulator of Creation of the First Piast State in 10th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Piotr Paweł Pranke, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Numismatics, Social History
Paper 827-bEconomical Reorientation = Ideological Reorientation?: Economical Contexts of Sacrum in the First Piast State
(Language: English)
Ewelina Siemianowska, Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Ecclesiastical History, Pagan Religions
Paper 827-cThe Economy of the Balkans in the 10th-11th Centuries under the Growing Influence of the Byzantine Empire: Preliminary Conclusions
(Language: English)
Paweł Kucypera, Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - General, Social History

The main thesis of the proposed session is that inclusion of territories formerly situated behind the limes to the West, or East Christian community had primarily economic reasons. In other words – an adoption to new belief was secondary to the inclusion to the interregional trade. Such using of economic circumstances by first Piasts can be observed in written sources and archaeological data when they tried to join the exchange within in so-called Baltic zone and after its collapse to exchange with German Empire. The focus of the speakers interests are religious and economic aspects in the building of the first Piasts state which is in their opinion a good example to follow mechanisms of creation of early states in so called 'Younger Europe'. Comparison with Serbian early state in the Balkans can indicate if the First Piasts state was only an exception or if it was some kind of mechanism of creation of power in so called ‘younger Europe’ of that time.