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New book by Project D1 on Historicizing Violence

Sep 22, 2011

“Historicizing the ’Beyond’: The Mongolian Invasion as a New Dimension of Violence?” is a new book by research project D1 “Historicizing Violence”. It analyses the influence of Mongolian violence on various master narratives that were constructed after the Mongolian invasions of Europe in the 13th century and sometimes even shaped modern formation of national identity.   

Various international researchers have contributed to the book which is divided in the three chapters “Theories and Strategies of Extraordinary Violence”, “Nomadic Violence under the Microscope” and “Historicizing Extraordinary Violence”. Frank Krämer has focused on “The Conquest and Destruction of Bagdad in 1258”, Katharina Schmidt has contributed the article “’With hearts of iron and swords for whips’ – the Mongolians as `Specialist of Violence´” and Julika Singer has written on “The Representation of Violence as a Political Strategy - the Mongolian Invasion in Modern Japanese Visual Media”. All three scholars are members of research project D1 “Historicizing Violence” and editors of the new publication. Further contributors to the publication include Prof. Charles Bowlus (University of Arkansas) who has contributed the article “Predatory Nomadism in the Carpathian Basin: The Magyar Example (860-955)” and Prof. Reuven Amitai (University of Jerusalem) who has focused on “Im Westen nichts Neues? Re-examining Hülegü´s Offensive into the Jazira and Northern Syria in Light of Recent Research”.

The book was released in July 2011 by “Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH Heidelberg”. It is the first book of the new book series “Heidelberg Transcultural Studies”. The series has been initiated by Prof. Susanne Enderwitz, Prof. Melanie Trede and Prof. Stefan Weinfurter. It provides a new interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of various transcultural approaches and complements the Cluster’s book series “Transcultural Research. Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.

Research project D1 “Historicizing Violence” examines the causes, courses, results and historicities of the experience of violence irrespective of boundaries under the conditions of shifting asymmetries in cultural flows.

For further information see the book announcement.  


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