IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1540: The Other Look at Early Medieval Societies: The Phenomenon of Militarisation, I - Comparative Approaches to Early Medieval Militarisation

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Köln
Organisers:Guido M. Berndt, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Laury Sarti, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Moderator/Chair:Stuart Airlie, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Paper 1540-aNot 'the Other': Barbarians and the End of the Western Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Social History
Paper 1540-bGothic Italy: A (De)Militarised Society? - The Dark Side of Ethnic Identity
(Language: NULL)
Kai Grundmann, Sonderforschungsbereich 700 'Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood', Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Epigraphy, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Technology

Although early medieval societies underwent a continual process of militarisation, this is a subject that only recently has come into the focus of modern research. These sessions collect papers dealing with different aspects of this phenomenon by using regional case studies as well as subject-related approaches. This first session deals with the phenomenon of militarisation itself. The first paper (-a) focusses on the relation between barbarians and Romans at the end of Antiquity, while paper (-b) focusses on Gothic Italy to ask how this case study helps defining what militarization means in the transition to the early Middle Ages.