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Oceania 500–1000

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Theme Description The Pacific occupies a third of the earth’s surface, yet is one of the last areas to be colonized by our species. Although the western Pacific was occupied by at least 50,000 years ago, Remote Oceania beyond the Solomon...

Foreword

Early Islamic Iran

I.B.Tauris, 2012

Book chapter

...The chapters in this volume are based on papers presented at two symposia in The Idea of Iran series held in London in 2009 and 2010 and both dealing with the early Islamic period in Iranian history. Many questions about this period remain...

Introduction

A Short History of the Normans

I.B. Tauris, 2016

Book chapter

...The story of the Normans begins with a dream. Rollo, the chief of a small band of Viking adventurers,seemed to behold himself placed on a mountain far higher than the highest, in a Frankish dwelling. And on the summit of this mountain he...

From Crisis to Continued Decline: Mesopotamia between Two Plague Pandemics

The Decline of Iranshahr : Irrigation and Environment in the Middle East, 500 bc–ad 1500

I.B.Tauris, 2016

Book chapter

...In spite of demographic losses and environmental instability Mesopotamia remained the Empire's chief resource base. In the two centuries after the crisis of the 7th century, tax assessments of agriculture stabilized at a level of about 100...

Response: Medievalists and Early Modernists— a World Divided?

Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...In this response essay, two early modernists consider some of the major themes and topics examined in this collection on new trends in medieval art history, such as the importance of the local, intersectional identity, and the role...

Introduction

The Eastern Frontier : Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia

IB Tauris, 2019

Book chapter

...The Turks haven’t come to us; we have come to them In his History of the Prophets and Kings, the chronicler Ṭabarī (839–923) reported that in 724–5 a messenger came to the Umayyad governor of Samarqand, Ḥasan b. Abī al-ʿAmarraṭah...

The Maya Civilization, 600–1500 CE

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Theme Description The ancient Maya civilization reached its florescence during the Classic period (300–800 CE) in the rainforest of Belize, Guatemala, the Yucatán of Mexico, western Honduras, and western El Salvador. There was a collapse...

Introducing the Medieval Globe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...When a certain Genoese mariner sailed southward to find the elusive Indies, he was guided by two favourite books. We know one as The Travels of Marco Polo: the product of a collaboration between that Venetian merchant-adventurer and his...

Conclusion

The Eastern Frontier : Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia

IB Tauris, 2019

Book chapter

...By the end of the tenth century, with the Qarākhānid Turks conquering Sāmānid Central Asia and ushering in a millennium of Turkic rule across Iran and much of the Islamic World, the dynamic of the frontier had changed qualitatively...

Early Settlement Patterns

The Decline of Iranshahr : Irrigation and Environment in the Middle East, 500 bc–ad 1500

I.B.Tauris, 2016

Book chapter

...Briefly put, the archaeological material shows that settled agriculture began to expand on the Plateau from the 6th millennium B.C., i.e. roughly at the same time as the colonization of the Mesopotamian floodplain began.Meder (1979: 23ff...