This chapter looks at the northern Aegean from a continental perspective, through the eyes of nineteenth-century explorers and twentieth-century scholars. It explains the link between maritime and continental communities, using the historian Thucydides' analysis of Peloponnesian micro-state relations. It introduces the evidence for intra- and inter-continental relations in the north Aegean-east Balkan area. This includes a limited range of texts and documents, and a much larger range of artefacts and monuments, which cumulatively reinforce the notion of a regional network of inter-connected social entities, linked at the most fundamental level through bilateral agreements, which were extended into more complex, nested patterns through the search for rarer, highly desirable commodities and manufactured products. The perceptions of historians of what this mass of information could mean for the societies of the northern Aegean in the last five centuries
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