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Polities, neighbourhoods and things in-between

Brookes, SJ; Escalona, J; Vésteinsson, O; (2019) Polities, neighbourhoods and things in-between. In: Escalona Monge, J and Vésteinsson, O and Brookes, S, (eds.) Polity and Neighbourhood in Early Medieval Europe. (pp. 11-38). Brepols: Turnhout, Belgium. Green open access

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How were early medieval people connected to each other and to the wider world? In this collection, archaeologists and historians working in very different areas of early medieval Europe explore diverse evidence - from landscape and burial archaeology to charters and chronicles - to discuss the relationships that constituted neighbourhoods and the roles these played in the processes of state formation that can be observed in the peripheries of the Frankish world. What these case-studies teach us, the contributors argue, is that polities are formed not through the exclusive operation of either top-down or bottom-up agencies, but from the interplay between them. By exploring the ways in which local knowledge, social ties, and understandings of landscape interacted with higher-level authorities and institutions, we can gain real insights into the nature of early medieval power and people’s experiences of it. Marking the culmination of a collective effort that has spanned over a decade and three funded projects, this volume brings together case-studies from Spain, Italy, England, northern Frankia, Norway, and Iceland to offer a comparative view of polities and neighbourhoods in early medieval Europe. Drawing on new research, and offering new perspectives driven by an interdisciplinary approach, this volume is of relevance to a range of disciplines including archaeology, history, onomastics, geography, and anthropology.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Polities, neighbourhoods and things in-between
ISBN: 978-2-503-58169-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1484/M.TMC-EB.5.116713
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1484/M.TMC-EB.5.116722
Language: English
Additional information: This accepted manuscript is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Access is initially restricted at the publisher's request.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057785
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