Historiography and Identity II: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Book 27)

June 14, 2021
Historiography and Identity II: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Book 27)

The six-volume sub-series Historiography and Identity unites awide variety of case studies from Antiquity to the Late MiddleAges, from the Latin West to the emerging polities in Northern andEastern Europe, and also incorporates a Eurasian perspective whichincludes the Islamic World and China. The series aims to develop acritical methodology that harnesses the potential of identitystudies to enhance our understanding of the construction and impactof historiography. This second volume of the series studies thesocial function of historiography in the Justinianic age and thepost-Roman kingdoms of the West. The papers explore how writers inConstantinople and in the various kingdoms from Italy to Britainadopted late antique historiographical traditions and adapted themin response to the new needs and challenges created by thetransformation of the political and social order. What was thesignificance of their choices between different models (or theircreation of new ones) for their 'vision of community'? The volumeprovides a representative analysis of the historiographicalresources of ethnic, political, and religious identificationscreated in the various Western kingdoms. In doing so, it seeks tounderstand the extant works as part of a once much wider and morepolyphonic historiographical debate.