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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 236: European Civil Wars: Classification and Comparison, II

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Københavns Universitet
Organiser:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Stephen Church, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 236-aRebellious Regions: Law, Violence and the Practice of Political Power in England and Denmark in the Late 12th and Early 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 236-bThe Notion of bellum civile in the Holy Roman Empire in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Thomas Foerster, Det norske institutt i Roma, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 236-cMedieval Civil Wars and Modern Ones: Similar in Name Only?
(Language: English)
Hans Jacob Orning, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

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.