Nomads and Crusaders, Ad 1000-1368 (A Midland Book) by Archibald R. Lewis

By Archibald R. Lewis

"[A] nice, arresting e-book with a transparent and novel thesis and a company seize of geography. great things, in short... strongly recommended." -- William H. McNeill"The reader will locate the following valuable details and a lot nutrition for idea; a ebook of the sort of extensive scope is uncommon and has a lot to suggest it." -- Speculum"... encyclopedic... there isn't any booklet relatively like this one." -- Choice"... a colourful canvas depicting the torrential pursuits of Eurasian warriors and retailers on ship-boards and horseback among Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific coasts, among streams of amassed items and tensions, non secular fervor and insatiable greed... " -- Ural-Altaic Yearbook"A fit antidote to the parochialism that characterizes rather a lot of the run-of-the-mill output of medieval history... " -- American old ReviewEmphasizing geographical, maritime, institutional, and monetary components, Lewis provides a wide-ranging tale of the complicated upward thrust and fall of civilizations and explores new conceptual frontiers within the research of worldwide heritage.

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PART ONE THE MIDDLE AGES, SLOVENE HISTORIOGRAPHY, AND THE NATIONAL FORMATION OF THE SLOVENES CHAPTER ONE ON NATIONALISED HISTORY, MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES A bronze relief unveiled a little over a decade ago will serve as a useful introduction to the issues that will be addressed below. The relief adorns the new door of the main, western portal of the archdiocesan cathedral of Ljubljana. The special significance, which the western portal of a church generally has in certain liturgical contexts is enhanced here by the fact that the door has been consecrated by no other than Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his first visit to Slovenia in May 1996.

34 The linguistic continuity between the Carantanians and Slovenes permits us to state at the most that the Carantanians were among the ancestors of the present-day Slovenes, but we cannot consider them as their ancestors, let alone equate them with the Slovenes. But precisely such claims have been made, and in addition to the above described views, the trend is clearly illustrated by the syntagma “Carantanian Slovenes” that is so common in Slovene historical literature, including scientific works.

Grafenauer 1978, 366. Gruden 1912, 94. ” 20 chapter one within the Bavarian prefecture26 – was that “the names of Carantania and the Carantanians spread to all Alpine and Pannonian Slavs and their territories. ”27 As a result, no effort was spared to prove that direct continuity existed between early medieval Carantania and the Carantanians and contemporary Slovenia and the Slovenes. A single fact shows us just how questionable such a presentation of the historical development is: there is no trace of continuity in the names of the Carantanians and Slovenes.

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