War and Peoplehood in the Middle Ages: East, West, and Beyond
This book uses sociological perspectives to bring together work on war and identity in the Middle Ages relating to a range of ethnic groups and geographical settings from Europe, the Byzantine Empire, Asia and the Middle-East. Focusing on ideological practices and the conduct of war, it examines the role of warfare in the emergence and decline of particular social structures, and changing patterns of collective identification.It will contribute to the debate on the longue durée development of the phenomena of ethnicity and nationhood by drawing attention to the impact of war on the evolution of various types of polity and visions of community in the Middle Ages. Its use of non-European as well as European exemplars provides a wealth of fruitful comparative material, shedding new light on the significance of medieval war in society.
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