Selected abstracts


Nathalie Clayer (CNRS-EHESS, Paris)
Religious pluralism in the Balkans during the late Ottoman Imperial Era

The hierarchical religious pluralism was one of the main features of the Ottoman way of governing. However, with the time, this system underwent transformations. Especially in the late Ottoman period, the relationship between the religious and the political spheres considerably evolved and the place of Islam was redefined. … Read more

Jayne Gifford (University of the West of England, Bristol)
The Anglo-Egyptian Contest in the Sudan, 1899-1924

The Anglo-Egyptian conquest of the Sudan from the Mahdist forces and the establishment of the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium in 1899 over the Sudan ensured that the area held a place of great significance in the Anglo-Egyptian relationship. Egypt nationalists perceived the Sudan to be part of Egypt and the Fertile Crescent and when assessing Egypt’s relationship with the Sudan, a dualism emerges. Read more

Liz James (University of Sussex)
Clash of goddesses: the empress in Byzantine art

When Thomas Mathews argued in The clash of gods that the ‘emperor mystique’ was very much a creation of modern art historians, he made a convincing case that other modes of seeing carried more weight in depictions of Christ than representations of the emperor. Read more

Athanasios K. Vionis (University of Cyprus)
Imperial Impacts and Regional Diversities: Cycladic Identities from ‘Constantinople’ to ‘Venice’

The Cyclades as a geographically integral region under the influence of imperial expansion, from the Roman and Byzantine Empires to Venetian and Ottoman domination, unavoidably experienced the political, social and cultural realities ‘imposed’ directly or indirectly by the ‘center’. Read More

Malcolm Wagstaff (University of Southampton)
Legacies in the Landscape: The Vostizza (Aighio) District, c.1460-1715

The area of interest lies on the north coast of the Peloponnisos in Greece. Like other parts of the peninsula it was subject to three imperial regimes:  the original Ottoman regime following the imposition of direct rule (1460), that of Venice (1684-1715) and the restored Ottoman regime (1715). I intend to show, first, how the administrative needs of the three regimes resulted in the recording of somewhat different information about land use; second, how the information from two, occasionally three government surveys reveals diachronic change and continuity  the landscape; and third, how  new patterns of land use emerged in the period covered. [download pdf].

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