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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1537: Crossing Cultural and Religious Boundaries, I: Exchange and Conflict in the Black Sea and Asia

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
Organiser:Michael Carr, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Georg Christ, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 1537-aThe City and the Sea: Byzantine Naval and Mercantile Policy between Andronikos II and John VI
(Language: English)
Brian McLaughlin, Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 1537-bPapal Privileges during the Mongol Siege of Caffa and the Black Sea Crisis of the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Michael Carr, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Crusades, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1537-cThe Trading Khans: Commercial Partnerships and Social Cohesion within the Golden Horde, 1260-1360
(Language: English)
Marie Favereau, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

The aim of these sessions is to look at how individuals and institutions, both secular and religious, aimed to limit and facilitate exchange across perceived religious and cultural boundaries in three different contested zones in Europe and the Near East. This session will focus on interactions between Italians, Byzantines, and Mongols in the Aegean, Black Sea, and Golden Horde. Particular attention will be paid to the economic mechanisms created to regulate exchange in these regions (e.g. embargoes, exemptions, and treaties); the importance of sustaining transcultural trade routes and networks in the face of military and political pressures; and the tensions created by the desire for maritime and/or land-based commercial superiority.