MECERN long term project: The Research Companion to Medieval Central Europe

The Research Companion to Medieval Central Europe is the network’s long-term project. It is intended as a research handbook that will serve as the starting point for new in-depth studies of medieval Central Europe.

It will contain a comprehensive and critical review of regional resources and results of up-to-date modern research centered on the Kingdoms of Hungary, Poland and Bohemia as well as their surrounding areas (“from the Baltic to the Adriatic”) with which these kingdoms had lively interactions.

Edited by Daniel Ziemann (Editor-in-chief), the volume will include twenty thematic chapters written as studies situated within recent cutting-edge scholarship and contributions on various aspects of regional medievalia, spanning disparate subjects and ranging from spatial organization through elites, religious practices, economic cooperation and everyday life, intellectual and artistic expressions. The volume is expected to be launched by 2018.

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NEW TITLE: Medieval East Central Europe in a Comparative Perspective

medEdited by Gerhard Jaritz and Katalin Szende, Medieval East Central Europe in a Comparative Perspective draws together the new perspectives concerning the relevance of East Central Europe for current historiography by placing the region in various comparative contexts. The chapters compare conditions within East Central Europe, as well as between East Central Europe, the rest of the continent, and beyond.

Including 15 original chapters from an interdisciplinary team of contributors, this collection begins by posing the question: “What is East Central Europe?” with three specialists offering different interpretations and presenting new conclusions. The book is then grouped into five parts which examine political practice, religion, urban experience, and art and literature. The contributors question and explain the reasons for similarities and differences in governance and strategies for handling allies, enemies or subjects in particular ways. They point out themes and structures from town planning to religious orders that did not function according to political boundaries, and for which the inclusion of East Central European territories was systemic.

The volume offers a new interpretation of medieval East Central Europe, beyond its traditional limits in space and time and beyond the established conceptual schemes. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of medieval East Central Europe.

See more on the publication details and the order form here. To order the book under a discounted rate of 20 % until the end of 2016, please find a discount code in  the attachment below

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