Can We Talk Mediterranean?

Conversations on an Emerging Field in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

  • Brian A. Catlos
  • Sharon Kinoshita

Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Brian A. Catlos
    Pages 1-17
  3. Cecily J. Hilsdale
    Pages 19-32
  4. The Panelists & Audience
    Pages 81-101
  5. Brian A. Catlos, Cecily J. Hilsdale, Peregrine Horden, Sharon Kinoshita
    Pages 103-123
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-153

About this book


This book provides a systematic framework for the emerging field of Mediterranean studies, collecting essays from scholars of history, literature, religion, and art history that seek a more fluid understanding of “Mediterranean.” It emphasizes the interdependence of Mediterranean regions and the rich interaction (both peaceful and bellicose, at sea and on land) between them. It avoids applying the national, cultural and ethnic categories that developed with the post-Enlightenment domination of northwestern Europe over the academy, working instead towards a dynamic and thoroughly interdisciplinary picture of the Mediterranean. Including an extensive bibliography and a conversation between leading scholars in the field, Can We Talk Mediterranean? lays the groundwork for a new critical and conceptual approach to the region.


Braudel The Corrupting Sea Early modern art Byzantine art medieval Mediterranean Mediterranean history early modern literature Islamic history Islamic art

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian A. Catlos
    • 1
  • Sharon Kinoshita
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of California Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55725-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55726-7
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