Freitag, 07. Dezember 2018, 13:00 - 16:00 iCal

Medieval European history

in a maritime and Eurasian perspective: The case of Viking Age Denmark

Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Bibliothek
Hollandstraße 11-13, 3. Stock, 1020 Wien

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

OZAWA Minoru von der Rikkyo Universität (Tokyo, Japan) spricht über "Medieval European history in a maritime and Eurasian perspective: The case of Viking Age Denmark".


Pre-circulated paper:

The European continent is surrounded by maritime spaces: the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea. These seas connect with the inland network of rivers and lakes, which made the political entities of the European continent indispensable for having interests in, caring for, and exploiting the water system to their advantage. Besides, it connects itself with the Eurasian steppes along the eastern side of the continent. So is Europe potentially an integral part of Eurasian History. If we seek to construct a new medieval European history from a global perspective, might we not consider to connect the role of these maritime regions and the steppes with the continent as one historical ensemble?

The Danish Jelling dynasty was established as a Viking state in Western Denmark in the middle of the 10th century, and at last when it became Cnut's maritime empire it wielded its political and economic powers both in the British Isles and Scandinavia. The speaker would like to locate its state formation process and structure as a case study for maritime and Eurasian perspective in comparison with other regions including the East Asian maritime states.


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Karin Jirik, BA
Institut für Geschichte