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Edited by Markus Koller, Achim Lichtenberger and Johannes Bernhardt

Rivers in the Mediterranean have always been hotspots of social formation. From antiquity to the present, rivers were important sources of fresh water, transport routes and energy suppliers as well as spaces of interaction between sea, coast and hinterland. This volume takes up recent debates on the spatial turn and global history, which have fundamentally changed notions of the Mediterranean as a natural given and of larger areas as well-defined entities. After an introduction to the relevant research contexts, it offers a collection of articles on the conceptualization of river histories, the Mediterranean and its rivers, and river studies from around the globe

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Edited by Nikolas Jaspert, Sebastian Kolditz, Reinhard von Bendemann and Annette Gerstenberg

Der Begriff der Insularität ist ebenso herausfordernd wie relevant für die interdisziplinäre Forschung.
Der Band konzentriert sich auf das Mittelmeer und die spezifisch »insulare« Dimension, die seinen Inseln und Inselgruppen zugeschrieben wird. Geboten werden neue Zugriffe auf dieses faszinierende Phänomen. Sie werden in vier Kontexten präsentiert, die sich den »Imaginationen«, den »geographischen Situationen«, dem »Transitorischen, dem Vergleich« wie auch dem Thema »Beharrung und Identität« widmen.

Händler, Forscher, Invasoren

Russland und Zentralasien 1000-1900

Rudolf A. Mark

In den letzten Jahren ist Zentralasien als Ort weltpolitischer Ambitionen in den Blickpunkt der Öffentlichkeit getreten: Die ehemaligen Sowjetrepubliken Kasachstan, Kirgisistan, Usbekistan, Tadschikistan und Turkmenistan sind für China Teil der „Neuen Seidenstraße“. Die Nähe zu Iran, Afghanistan und Pakistan verleiht Zentralasien auch eine geostrategische Bedeutung.
Einen besonderen Anspruch auf Einfluss in der Region aber erhebt Russland, das seit rund einem Jahrtausend dort präsent ist. Rudolf A. Mark, wohl einer der besten Kenner der Geschichte Zentralasiens, legt mit diesem Buch die erste umfassende Beziehungsgeschichte zwischen Russland und Zentralasien vor. Auf Grundlage jahrzehntelanger Archivstudien und unter Nutzung einer Fülle oftmals nur schwer zugänglicher Publikationen erschließt der Autor das Thema in seiner Vielfalt: die ersten russischen Kontakte zu den Khanaten und frühe Handelsbeziehungen, die ethnologisch-geographischen Forschungsreisen, die Bündnisse und Eroberungen im Zeichen russischer imperialistischer Bestrebungen.
Zusammen mit den beiden anderen Bänden des Autors bei Schöningh („Im Schatten des Great Game“ und „Krieg an fernen Fronten“) liegt damit eine einzigartige, aus den Quellen gearbeitete Trilogie der Geschichte Russlands in Zentralasien vom Jahr 1000 bis 1920 vor.

Slaving Zones

Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery

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Edited by Jeff Fynn-Paul and Damian Alan Pargas

In Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery, fourteen authors—including both world-leading and emerging historians of slavery—engage with the ‘Slaving Zones’ theory. This theory has recently taken the field of Mediterranean slavery studies by storm, and the challenge posed by the editors was to see if the ‘Slaving Zones’ theory could be applied in the wider context of long-term global history.

The results of this experiment are promising. In the Introduction, Jeff Fynn-Paul points out over a dozen ways in which the contributors have added to the concept of ‘Slaving Zones’, helping to make it one of the more dynamic theories of global slavery since the advent of Orlando Patterson’s Slavery and Social Death.

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Edited by Damian Alan Pargas and Felicia Roşu

The study of slavery has grown strongly in recent years, as scholars working in several disciplines have cultivated broader perspectives on enslavement in a wide variety of contexts and settings. Critical Readings on Global Slavery offers students and researchers a rich collection of previously published works by some of the most preeminent scholars in the field. With contributions covering various regions and time periods, this anthology encourages readers to view slave systems across time and space as both ubiquitous and interconnected, and introduces those who are interested in the study of human bondage to some of the most important and widely cited works in slavery studies.

Walter N. Hakala

combination of push and pull factors. For Iranian poets of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, “Iran was connected to a cherished but dead past, while Mughal India represented the dynamic present, the home of wonders and riches” (61). One fascinating result of the perceived dynamism of the

Walter N. Hakala

combination of push and pull factors. For Iranian poets of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, “Iran was connected to a cherished but dead past, while Mughal India represented the dynamic present, the home of wonders and riches” (61). One fascinating result of the perceived dynamism of the

Peter A. Goddard

work, destined for many reference collections, brings strong treatments, in ten regional and thematic chapters, of Christian cultures and Churches. The volume announces that it does not present “traditional Church History” but rather looks for “World Christianity” (1) reflecting an early modern

R J W Mills

central to the intellectual life of the European thinkers and readers. The second part, entitled “The Present and the Past,” deals with the attempts to distill new knowledge of the east into coherent social, cultural and political theoretical models. Pushing back against the lazy attribution of theories

Valeria Del Barco

diverse cultural environment of New Spain. The journey on the Manila Galleon—“one of the longest and most dangerous sea voyages in the world” (69)—occupies the third chapter, and I think it constitutes one of the key moments in this truly transoceanic study by presenting us a riveting account of the