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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2014

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This book presents the results of a research project undertaken by a team of thirteen young scholars from Europe and North America. Our aim was to gather a group of colleagues from diverse disciplinary backgrounds studying similar phenomena in a variety of cultures. From the outset, we wanted to focus our research on the transmission of intellectual traditions between cultures in both the Medieval and early Modern periods (up to the seventeenth century). We defined the scope of our team research very broadly in order to encompass periods and regions which are usually studied separately; thus, we have chosen to begin with Late Antiquity, the final phase of the Graeco-Roman civilisation, as the point of departure for Medieval cultures. At the other end, we decided to study both the Renaissance and its seventeenth-century aftermath in Europe. For our geographical scope – which turned out to be a key determinant of disciplinary boundaries in the scholarship – we aimed to unite such cultural zones as the Middle East (both Christian and Muslim), the Caucasus, the Latin West and, finally, Central Europe, in particular the microcosms of late Medieval and Renaissance Poland, as well as Germany and Hungary.

What began as a project on a single phenomenon – that is, intellectual traditions and their movements between cultures – soon revealed itself to be a topic that was much broader and more difficult to define, namely intercultural contact and cultural change in the Medieval and early Modern periods.

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Cultures in Motion
Studies in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
, pp. 9 - 22
Publisher: Jagiellonian University Press
Print publication year: 2014

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