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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1337: Political, Military, and Religious Borders in Medieval East Central and Eastern Europe

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Dušan Zupka, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1337-aRus' in Relationship to Byzantium and the Byzantine Commonwealth
(Language: English)
Christian Raffensperger, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1337-bThe Transformation of the Eastern Border during the Reign of the Carolingians and Ottonians
(Language: English)
Martin Wihoda, Department of History, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1337-cReligious Warfare at the Borders of Latin Christianitas
(Language: English)
Dušan Zupka, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Index terms: Crusades, Liturgy, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

East Central and Eastern Europe were borderline regions at the periphery of the Latin and Orthodox Christendom. Throughout the Middle Ages this geographical determinant shaped its historical development as well as the formation of local identities. The first paper in this session will review some of the scholarship of the Byzantine Commonwealth, as well as engage with the historical position of Rus' in relationship to the rest of Europe. The second one will explain how the Carolingian intervention influenced the appearance of East Central Europe and how the Carolingian heritage was followed in the 10th century by the Ottonian dynasty. The final paper will explore the religious warfare as a response of East Central European realms to the threats coming across its eastern borders. In so doing, the session will investigate what borders mean to us as modern scholars and how we construct them for ourselves and for the medieval polities that we study.