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Islamic, Byzantine and Latin Exchange Systems in the Mediterranean (800-1150)

Chris Wickham, University of Oxford, Emeritus

February 5, 2021 · 1:00 pm2:30 pm · Zoom

Program in Near Eastern Studies; Humanities Council; Center for Collaborative History

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How did Mediterranean trade work, and how did it change from a low point in the eighth century to the great trade cycle of the central Middle Ages? Storylines have long focused on Italian shipping, but Egyptian documents and advances in archaeology show a far more complex picture.

Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History emeritus at the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College, and will be Director of the British School at Rome, January through July 2021. He is the author of numerous books on medieval rural and urban Italy as well as highly acclaimed comparative histories of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, most recently Medieval Europe (Yale UP, 2016). He is currently writing a comparative history of the Mediterranean ca. 950–1180, synthesizing textual and archeological evidence for long-distance and regional exchange.

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