Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the by Andrew Latham

By Andrew Latham

Over the earlier twenty years or so, medieval geopolitics have come to occupy an more and more well-liked position within the collective imagination—and writings—of diplomacy students. even though those money owed vary considerably when it comes to their respective analytical assumptions, theoretical matters and scholarly contributions, they percentage a minimum of one universal – arguably, defining – point: a trust cautious learn of medieval geopolitics can assist get to the bottom of a couple of vital debates surrounding the character and dynamics of "international" kinfolk. There are even though 3 conventional weaknesses characterizing the extant literature: a normal failure to envision the present historiography of medieval geopolitics, an insufficient account of the fabric and ideational forces that create styles of violent clash in medieval Latin Christendom, and a failure to take heavily the function of "religion" within the geopolitical family members of medieval Latin Christendom.

This publication seeks to handle those shortcomings via supplying a theoretically guided and traditionally delicate account of the geopolitical family members of medieval Latin Christendom. It does this through constructing a theoretically knowledgeable photo of medieval geopolitics, theorizing the medieval-to-modern transition in a brand new and fruitful method, and suggesting ways that a scientific research of medieval geopolitical family can really support to light up more than a few modern geopolitical phenomena. ultimately, it develops an traditionally delicate conceptual framework for knowing geopolitical clash and battle extra generally.

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