Catherine Holmes & Naomi Standen (eds), Past & Present, Supplement 13: The Global Middle Ages

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This supplement is about the Global Middle Ages, but it is not just for medievalists. Catherine Holmes and Naomi Standen seek to engage with global historians of all periods, and regional specialists from all world regions, whether established academics or students. Arguments presented in this volume were first developed by the members of a network project called ‘Defining the Global Middle Ages’, organized at the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Newcastle, which ran between 2012 and 2015.

The supplement is currently accessible online here and will be available in print soon. For more information about the Defining the Global Middle Ages project, please visit

Introduction: Towards a Global Middle Ages – Catherine Holmes and Naomi Standen

Sources of Knowledge; Cultures of Recording – Mark Whittow

Globalizing Cosmologies – Catherine Dodds Pennock and Amanda Power

Networks – Jonathan Shepard

Structural Mobilities in the Global Middle Ages – Naomi Standen and Monica White

Trust in Long-Distance Relationships, 1000-1600 CE – Ian Forrest and Anne Haour

Economic Imaginaries of the Global Middle Ages – Simon Yarrow

Settlement, Landscape and Narrative: What Really Happened in History – Conrad Leyser, Naomi Standen amd Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Politics, c.1000–1500: Meditation and Communication – Hilde De Weerdt, Catherine Holmes and John Watts

Reworking the World System Paradigm – Glen Dudbridge

Global Early Modernity and the Problem of What Came Before – Alan Strathern

Catherine Holmes is the A.D.M. Cox Old Members’ Tutorial Fellow in Medieval History and Associate Professor of Medieval History at Oxford University. She is an Advisory Committee Member for the Oxford Centre for Global History. 

Naomi Standen is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Birmingham.

Hilde De Weerdt, Professor of Chinese History, Leiden University

Caroline Dodds Pennock, Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield

Glen Dudbridge, Professor Emeritus, Chinese, University College, University of Oxford

Ian Forrest, Associate Professor of Later Medieval History, Oriel College, University of Oxford

Anne Haour, Professor in the Arts and Archaeology of Africa, University of East Anglia

Catherine Holmes, A. D. M. Cox Associate Professor of Medieval History, University College, University of Oxford

Conrad Leyser, Associate Professor of Medieval History, Worcester College, University of Oxford

Amanda Power, Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford

Jonathan Shepard, formerly University Lecturer in Russian History, University of Cambridge and Research Associate, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford

Naomi Standen, Professor of Medieval History, University of Birmingham

Alan Strathern, Associate Professor, Tutor and Fellow in History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

John Watts, Professor of Later Medieval History, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Monica White, Assistant Professor in Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Nottingham

Mark Whittow, Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York

Simon Yarrow, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Birmingham

Volume 238, Issue suppl_13

The Global Middle Ages

November 2018

ISSN 0031-2746

EISSN 1477-464X