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The Cambridge World History of Violence

Volume 2. AD 500–AD 1500

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Nicola Di Cosmo, Don J. Wyatt, Jürgen Paul, John France, Anders Winroth, Jonathan Skaff, David Spafford, Christian Lange, Hannah Skoda, Morten Oxenbøll, Peter Lorge, Justine Firnhaber-Baker, David Potter, Teresa Shawcross, Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Sara M. Butler, Tim Barrett, Martin Repp, Ute Schüren, Wolfgang Gabbert, Susanna A. Throop, Dick Kaeuper, Asma Afsaruddin, Christine Caldwell Ames, John Haldon, Andrew K. Scherer, Bret Hinsch, Hitomi Tonomura, Sheila Blair, James Montgomery, Albrecht Classen, Mitchell B. Merback
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  • Date Published: May 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107156388

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  • Violence permeated much of social life across the vast geographical space of the European, American, Asian and Islamic lands and through the broad sweep of what is often termed the Middle Millennium (roughly 500 to 1500). Focusing on four contexts in which violence occurred across this huge area, the contributors to this volume explore the formation of centralised polities through war and conquest; institution building and ideological expression by these same polities; control of extensive trade networks; and the emergence and dominance of religious ecumenes. Attention is also given to the idea of how theories of violence are relevant to the specific historical circumstances discussed in the volume's chapters. A final section on the depiction of violence, both visual and literary, demonstrates the ubiquity of societal efforts to confront meanings of violence during this longue durée.

    • Takes a thematic approach that provides a template for thinking about violence in a global context
    • At the cutting edge of the history of violence, taking into account the latest scholarship
    • Provides a wide range of interpretations by both recognized authorities in the field and up-and-coming scholars across an array of disciplines, including archaeology, history, art history, ethnography and literature
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    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107156388
    • length: 722 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Violence in inner Asian history Nicola Di Cosmo
    2. Conspirators in violence Don J. Wyatt
    3. Armies, lords and subjects in Medieval Iran Jürgen Paul
    4. Armies and bands in early medieval Europe John France
    5. Viking violence Anders Winroth
    6. Early medieval China's rulers, retainers and harem Jonathan Karam Skaff
    7. Warrior regimes and the regulation of violence in medieval Japan David Spafford
    8. Torture and public executions in the Islamic middle period Christian Lange
    9. Crime and law in Europe Hannah Skoda
    10. Banditry and peasants in medieval Japan Morten Oxenbøll
    11. State, society and trained violence in middle period China Peter Lorge
    12. Seigneurial violence in medieval Europe Justine Firnhaber-Baker
    13. The growth of military power and the impact of state military violence in Western Europe, c.1460 to 1560 David Potter
    14. Ethnic and religious violence in Byzantium Teresa Shawcross
    15. Violence against women in the early Islamic period Nadia Maria El Cheikh
    16. Violence and murder in Europe Sara M. Butler
    17. Religion and violence in China T. H. Barrett
    18. Religion and violence in premodern Japan Martin Repp
    19. Human sacrifice and ritualised violence in the Americas before the European conquest Ute Schüren and Wolfgang Gabbert
    20. 'Not cruelty but piety': circumscribing European crusading violence Susanna A. Throop
    21. Chivalric violence Richard W. Kaeuper
    22. Jihad in Islamic thought Asma Afsaruddin
    23. Christian violence against heretics, Jews and Muslims Christine Caldwell Ames
    24. 'Fighting for peace' John Haldon
    25. Obligation, substitution and order Andrew K. Scherer
    26. Representations of violence in Imperial China Bret Hinsch
    27. Revealing the manly worth Hitomi Tonomura
    28. Picturing violence in the Islamic lands Sheila Blair
    29. Scenes of violence in Arabic literature James Montgomery
    30. Violence Is the name of the (bad) game Albrecht Classen
    31. Violence and the force of representation in European art Mitchell B. Merback.

  • Editors

    Matthew S. Gordon, University of Miami
    Matthew Gordon is Professor of History at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (2000) and The Rise of Islam (2005); co-editor of Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History (with Kathryn A. Hain, 2017) and co-editor and translator of The Works of Ibn Wādih al-Ya'qūbī: An English Translation (with Chase F. Robinson, Everett K. Rowson and Michael Fishbein, 2017).

    Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester, New York
    Richard W. Kaeuper is Professor of History at the University of Rochester, New York. He has published widely on justice and public order, and more recently on chivalry, in medieval Europe. Recent books include Medieval Chivalry (Cambridge, 2016) and Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (2009). A collection of his essays, Kings, Knights, and Bankers: The Collected Articles of Richard Kaeuper (edited by Christopher Guyol), was published in 2016.

    Harriet Zurndorfer, Universiteit Leiden
    Harriet Zurndorfer is affiliated with the Leiden Institute for Area Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit Leiden. She is the author of Change and Continuity in Chinese Local History (1989), China Bibliography: A Research Guide to Reference Works about China Past and Present (1995); and has published more than 200 learned articles and reviews. She is also founder, and editor of the journal Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China, published since 1999.

    Contributors

    Nicola Di Cosmo, Don J. Wyatt, Jürgen Paul, John France, Anders Winroth, Jonathan Skaff, David Spafford, Christian Lange, Hannah Skoda, Morten Oxenbøll, Peter Lorge, Justine Firnhaber-Baker, David Potter, Teresa Shawcross, Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Sara M. Butler, Tim Barrett, Martin Repp, Ute Schüren, Wolfgang Gabbert, Susanna A. Throop, Dick Kaeuper, Asma Afsaruddin, Christine Caldwell Ames, John Haldon, Andrew K. Scherer, Bret Hinsch, Hitomi Tonomura, Sheila Blair, James Montgomery, Albrecht Classen, Mitchell B. Merback

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