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The Prospect of Global History$
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James Belich, John Darwin, Margret Frenz, and Chris Wickham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732259.001.0001

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A Global Middle Ages?

A Global Middle Ages?

(p.80) 4 A Global Middle Ages?
The Prospect of Global History

Robert I. Moore

Oxford University Press

The idea of a ‘middle age’ c.500–1500 CE carries little conviction today among European historians and is not readily applicable to other parts of the world. The transformations of c.1000–1200 CE now appear epochal. They rested, however, on sustained agrarian intensification throughout Eurasia which laid the foundations of enduring city life, with sufficient resilience to withstand in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries a series of linked catastrophes markedly resembling those which had brought about the collapse of the ancient world, and currently threaten the modern. The sources of the resilience developed in the Age of Global Intensification, c.500–1500, offer a field of study with attractions comparable to those which made the Middle Ages essential to the establishment of History as a modern academic discipline.

Keywords:   Global middle age, 500–1500, transformation, agriculture, Eurasia

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