Nation and municipal identity in   Mediterranean space during the            Middle AgesErasmus IP "Myths, Nation-Building...
Structure  Why we are here?  Nation and Middle Ages  Nation and Early Middle Ages  High Middle Ages in Mediterranean S...
Why are we here?  The Crisis of European Identity  The Persistence of the Nation model  The Vitality of Ethnic claims ...
Nation and Middle Ages[Geary, The Myth of Nations]  A Poisoned Landscape: Nationalism  Philology and Nationalism  Ethno...
Nation and Early          Middle Ages[Geary, The Myth of Nations]  Gentes and Populus  Barbarians and Classical Ethnogra...
Nations in High           Middle Ages  Communities and peoples in High Middle   Ages  Migrations and Commerce  Christia...
High Middle Ages      Mediterranean Sea[Abulafia, Pisan Colonies; Salvatori, Corsairs’Crews]  Town as Nation  Consulates...
High Middle Ages     Medieterranean Sea[Jacoby, From Byzantium to Latin Romania]  More than a “town”: West and East  Gre...
Conclusion  Could we speak of nationes and identity in   the Middle Ages? Yes, but we HAVE TO stay   away from the tempta...
Past is a distant         countryHistorians have to understand the Past not to  support Political Propaganda of any kind
Bibliography  P.J. Geary, The Myth of Nations. The medieval Origins   of Europe, Princeton-Oxford 2002  D. Abulafia, Pis...
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Nation and municipal identity in
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Middle Ages
Erasmus IP "Myths, Nation-Building, Political Identities”
Siegen, March 2011
Enrica Salvatori, University of Pisa

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Siegen2011 - Myths, Nation-Building, Political Identities”

  1. 1. Nation and municipal identity in Mediterranean space during the Middle AgesErasmus IP "Myths, Nation-Building, Political Identities” Siegen, March 2011 Enrica Salvatori, University of Pisa
  2. 2. Structure  Why we are here?  Nation and Middle Ages  Nation and Early Middle Ages  High Middle Ages in Mediterranean Sea  Conclusion
  3. 3. Why are we here?  The Crisis of European Identity  The Persistence of the Nation model  The Vitality of Ethnic claims  The use/abuse of History We need to understand Past and Present in a European and Mediterranean scenario
  4. 4. Nation and Middle Ages[Geary, The Myth of Nations]  A Poisoned Landscape: Nationalism  Philology and Nationalism  Ethnoarcaeology  The Toxic Waste: People = Nation
  5. 5. Nation and Early Middle Ages[Geary, The Myth of Nations]  Gentes and Populus  Barbarians and Classical Ethnography  Barbarians Ethnogenesis  What is the Identity of a People?
  6. 6. Nations in High Middle Ages  Communities and peoples in High Middle Ages  Migrations and Commerce  Christians and Muslims in a fragmented Scenario
  7. 7. High Middle Ages Mediterranean Sea[Abulafia, Pisan Colonies; Salvatori, Corsairs’Crews]  Town as Nation  Consulates, colonies, emporia, fundaca  Identity at home and abroad  Identity and religion “on board”
  8. 8. High Middle Ages Medieterranean Sea[Jacoby, From Byzantium to Latin Romania]  More than a “town”: West and East  Greeks and Latins in the XIII century  Political scenario and commercial practice
  9. 9. Conclusion  Could we speak of nationes and identity in the Middle Ages? Yes, but we HAVE TO stay away from the temptation  to find continuity between nationes and state/nation  to look at religious conflicts OR dialogues in order to promote current political strategy  to look at medieval European space as the birthplace of the present Europe
  10. 10. Past is a distant countryHistorians have to understand the Past not to support Political Propaganda of any kind
  11. 11. Bibliography  P.J. Geary, The Myth of Nations. The medieval Origins of Europe, Princeton-Oxford 2002  D. Abulafia, Pisan commercial colonies and consulates in twelfth century Siciliy, in «The English Historical Review», XCIII (1978), 68-81.  E. Salvatori, Corsairs’ Crews and Cross-Cultural Interactions: the Case of the Pisan Trapelicinus in the Twelfth Century, in «Medieval Encounters», 13/1 (2007), 32-55.  D. Jacoby, From Byzantium to Latin Romania: Continuity and Change in B. Arbel, B. Hamilton, D. Jacoby, eds., Latins and Greeks in the Eastern Mediterranean after 1204 (London, 1989), 1-44

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