The case for comparison

Anne Haour

in Rulers, Warriors, Traders, Clerics

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264119
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734694 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The case for comparison

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This chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the comparison of rulers, warriors, traders, and clerics on the central Sahel and the North Sea region. It argues that there was more similarity between north-western Europe and the central Sahel in the few centuries either side of AD 1001 than has hitherto been recognised, and maintains that the nature of the sources has obscured these formative times and left them in the shadow of organised structures. It discusses the interconnectedness of central Sahel and north-west Europe through contacts and shared pre-industrial nature.

Keywords: central Sahel; North Sea; Europe; rulers; warriors; traders; clerics

Chapter.  6309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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