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In: Court Ceremonies and Rituals of Power in Byzantium and the Medieval Mediterranean
The Construction of Ethnic Communities, 300-800
Between the fourth and the eight century, a number of 'experimental' polities had to create new forms of legitimacy and organisation to overcome a Roman world based on Empire, city and tribe. In the course of time, a new world developed that relied on Christendom, kingdom and people to pull an increased variety of local communities together. Of these three factors, the ethnic one certainly is the most elusive. This volume discusses the process of construction of ethnic identities. What did names, law, language, costume, burial rites, rhetoric, culture, royal representation or ideology mean, and to whom? This is the question that is common to the papers assembled here. Even though they span several centuries, and a geographic area from the Iberian peninsula to the Black Sea steppes, they all deal with the ways how ethnic distinction became a political factor in the post-Roman world.
Elitenbildung und Standeskultur in Nordwestdeutschland und den Niederlanden vom 15. bis 20. Jahrhundert
Der Adel als europäisches „Phänomen von langer Dauer“ fordert eine epochenübergreifende Betrachtung, den interregionalen und transnationalen Vergleich. Die seit Anfang der 1990er Jahre wiederbelebte, methodisch renovierte Adelsforschung hat daher nicht nur vielfältige Erkenntnisse über den Adel und Adelslandschaften hervorgebracht, sondern durch einen systematischen, die territorialen und nationalen Grenzen überschreitenden Zugriff auch die Gemeinsamkeiten und Differenzen der Adelskultur sichtbar gemacht. In der Frühen Neuzeit hatten die Grenzen für den Adel im deutsch-niederländischen Grenzraum jedoch nur eine relative Bedeutung. Wie Besitzverteilungen, Heiratsbeziehungen und Amtstätigkeiten im Dienst verschiedener Herren zeigen, kannte adeliges Handeln keine Grenze. Der vorliegende Band erschließt mit der Analyse der grenzüberschreitenden Verknüpfungen im politischen, konfessionellen, wirtschaftlichen und kulturellen Bereich eine neue Dimension der Adelsforschung. Er fragt aber auch nach den Anpassungsprozessen aufgrund schärferer Grenzziehungen durch Konfessionalisierung, vormoderne Staatsbildung und den modernen Nationalstaat. Dieser Sammelband ist das Ergebnis einer Kooperation niederländischer und deutscher Historiker, die sich im Deutsch-Niederländischen Arbeitskreis für Adelsgeschichte organisiert haben.
The Relationship between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World
In the research on "The transformation of the Roman world" relatively little attention has been paid to the transformation of early medieval peoples and the development of their communities into kingdoms, and we lack a comparative study on this subject. The aim of this volume is, therefore, to examine the relationship between gens and regnum by systematically comparing the "Germanic" and non-Germanic successor states of the Roman Empire, a question that leads to important results about the role of ethnic processes and of political developments in the formation of the new kingdoms. By trying to answer leading questions, 16 authors (historians, archaeologists and linguists) deal with ten important kingdoms of this period and with their political and legal context (role of the Empire and the law-codes). An introduction to the subject and its inherent problems and a comparative conclusion summarizing the results completes the volume.
Contributors: Javier Arce, Ann Christys, Evangelos Chrysos, Falko Daim, Hans-Werner Goetz, Matthias Hardt, Peter Heather, Jörg Jarnut, J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Walter Pohl, Michael Schmauder, Isabel Velázquez, Ian N. Wood, Alex Woolf, Patrick Wormald, and Barbara Yorke.
Originating in the project The Transformation of the Roman World, Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages publishes high-quality scholarly studies on the cultures, economies and societies of Europe, the Mediterranean, and beyond, from Late Antiquity (third century onwards) through the Early Middle Ages (up until the eleventh century). The scope of this peer-reviewed series is broad and inclusive: we encourage the submission of work in archaeology, art and architectural history, history, literature and cultural studies, numismatics, paleography, religious studies, and more, including interdisciplinary research and cross-field collaborative projects. Cross-cultural, comparative, and global studies are also welcome. The series publishes monographs, multi-authored edited thematic collections, and occasionally translations and scholarly editions. The preferred language is English though the editorial board will consider works in French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

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