IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 136: European Civil Wars: Classification and Comparison, I

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Organiser:Hans Jacob Orning, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Moderator/Chair:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Paper 136-aThe Classification of Political Conflicts in Post-Conquest England
(Language: English)
Stephen D. White, Department of History, Harvard University
Stephen D. White, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Anthropology, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 136-bRe-Thinking the 'Feudal Anarchy': Northwestern France, c. 1030 - c. 1130
(Language: English)
Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Anthropology, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 136-cMagnate Strategies during the Dynastic Wars in Denmark, 1131-1157
(Language: English)
Kim Esmark, Department of Culture & Identity, Roskilde Universitet
Kim Esmark, Department of Culture & Identity, Roskilde Universitet
Index terms: Anthropology, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

In the period c. 1130-1260 all the Nordic realms suffered from ‘civil wars’. This is however not a Nordic phenomenon, but something that occurs in most European countries during the Middle Ages, termed ‘civil war’, ‘anarchy’, or simply ‘breakdown of order’. We wish to approach this phase in European history with new lenses, in particular discussing the character of ‘breakdown of order’ in these periods, the question of to what degree such calamities were ‘internal’ incidents, and finally to draw comparisons between different instances of civil wars in order to explore potential common characteristics.