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Assembling the archaeology of the global Middle Ages

Jervis, Ben ORCID: 2017. Assembling the archaeology of the global Middle Ages. World Archaeology 49 (5) , pp. 666-680. 10.1080/00438243.2017.1406397

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Responding to recent developments in archaeological theory and growing interest in the ‘global Middle Ages’, an approach to exploring relations between local and global processes in the medieval world is proposed. The World-systems approach, applied by some historians to these kinds of macro-paradigms and questions, can expose significant challenges regarding social and economic development at a global scale. However, here it is suggested that the ‘assemblage thought’ of Deleuze and Guattari, developed by DeLanda, might offer a more productive approach for assessing the multi-scalar interactions that defined the lives of communities in the Middle Ages. Here consideration is given to the character of the Middle Ages and its relation to modernity; the implications of the multi-scalar approach are also exemplified using a brief discussion of the Anglo-Italian wool trade in the Late Middle Ages.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0043-8243
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 January 2018
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:14

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