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The Crisis of the 14th Century

Teleconnections between Environmental and Societal Change?

Ed. by Bauch, Martin / Schenk, Gerrit Jasper

Series:Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte 13

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December 2019
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2020
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The Little Ice Age and Byzantium within the Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 1200–1350: An Essay on Old Debates and New Scenarios

Preiser-Kapeller, Johannes / Mitsiou, Ekaterini

Abstract

This paper discusses written historical documentation and paleoenvironmental evidence in order to explore connections between climatic and socio-economic change. It focuses thereby on the Byzantine Empire and the eastern Mediterranean more generally in the period between the collapse and “restoration” of Byzantine rule in Constantinople (1204-1261) and the beginning of Ottoman expansion in the Balkans in 1352, which roughly coincided with the outbreak of the first wave of the “Black Death” in 1347. The paper entails juxtaposing various older scenarios of “fatal” social and political developments in Byzantine history with new studies based on proxy data from regions across the Balkans and Asia Minor and comparing these events with developments in other polities of the region during the transformation from the “Medieval Climate Anomaly” to the “Little Ice Age.”

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Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Ekaterini Mitsiou (2019). The Little Ice Age and Byzantium within the Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 1200–1350: An Essay on Old Debates and New Scenarios. In Martin Bauch, Gerrit Jasper Schenk (Eds.), The Crisis of the 14th Century: Teleconnections between Environmental and Societal Change? (pp. 190–220). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110660784-010

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110660784

Online ISBN: 9783110660784

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Public License.

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