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Book Launch by Nora Berend (Cambridge) and Christoph Sonnlechner (Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv)

Book Launch
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Economy of Medieval Hungary

East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450,Volume: 49

Editors: József Laszlovszky, Balázs Nagy, Péter Szabó and András Vadas Brill, 2018

The Economy of Medieval Hungary is the first concise, English-language volume about the economic life of medieval Hungary. It is a product of the cooperation of specialists representing various disciplines of medieval studies, including archaeologists, archaeozoologists, specialists in medieval demography, historical hydrologists, climate and environmental historians, as well as archivists and church historians. The twenty-five chapters of the book focus on structures of medieval economy, different means and ways of human-nature interactions in production, and offer an overview of the different spheres of economic life, with a particular emphasis on taxation, income and commercial activity. Thanks to its interdisciplinary character, this volume is a basic handbook for the history of economy, production and material culture.

The Medieval Networks in East Central Europe

Commerce, Contacts, Communication, 1st Edition

Edited by Balazs Nagy, András Vadas, Felicitas Schmieder, Routledge, 2018

Medieval Networks in East Central Europe explores the economic, cultural, and religious forms of contact between East Central Europe and the surrounding world in the eight to the fifteenth century. The sixteen chapters are grouped into four thematic parts: the first deals with the problem of the region as a zone between major power centers; the second provides case studies on the economic and cultural implications of religious ties; the third addresses the problem of trade during the state formation process in the region, and the final part looks at the inter- and intraregional trade in the Late Middle Ages.Supported by an extensive range of images, tables, and maps, Medieval Networks in East Central Europe demonstrates and explores the huge significance and international influence that East Central Europe held during the medieval period and is essential reading for scholars and students wishing to understand the integral role that this region played within the processes of the Global Middle Ages.

Nora Berend is Professor of European History at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow of St Catharine’s College.Educated in Budapest, Paris, and New York, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Cambridge, a Humboldt Fellowship at Mannheim, and was an invited Fellow at the K. Hamburger Kolleg Bochum. She was visiting professor at EHESS (Paris), Doshisha (Kyoto), Mannheim and Stockholm, is Professor II at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm. Her research interests encompass the treatment of religious minorities, religious and cultural interaction, the process of Christianization, the formation of identity, and the creation of historical myths. She is the author of the book  At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and ‘pagans’ in medieval Hungary (c.1000 – c. 1300) (2001), for which she received the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone prize and the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History’s Biennial Book Prize. She has also edited numerous books, among them: Medieval Frontiers: concepts and practices (with David Abulafia, 2002), Christianization and the rise of Christian monarchy: Central Europe, Scandinavia and Rus’c. 950 – c. 1200 (2007), The expansion of Central Europe in the Middle Ages (2013), Central Europe in the High Middle Ages, c. 900-c.1300, (co-authored with Przemysław Urbańczyk and Przemysław Wiszewski, 2013).

Christoph Sonnlechner earned his MA in medieval history and his PhD in environmental history at the University of Vienna. He was trained as an archivist at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research in Vienna (1992-1995). From 1995 to 2005 he worked as a scholar in projects in environmental history. In 2002/03 he was a visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2011/12 he worked as a senior scientist at the Institue of Social Ecology at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz. Since 2005 he is employed at the Vienna City Archives (Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv) where he has worked as archivist, head of public relations and leader of strategic projects. Now he is head of “Wien Geschichte Wiki”, the geo-referenced, historical knowledge platform of the City of Vienna. His research focus lies on town history and environmental history of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. He has published several works on what is now Austria from the early Middle Ages onwards. His latest publication is on Vienna becoming a fortress in the 16th century, which was published in 2017 [Ferdinand Opll, Heike Krause, Christoph Sonnlechner, Wien als Festungsstadt im 16. Jahrhundert. Zum kartografischen Werk der Mailänder Familie Angielini (Wien/Köln/Weimar 2017).]