Medieval era migration: an overview
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Borgolte, M. 2013. Medieval era migration: an overview. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
The term Middle Ages designates the period of European history between antiquity and modern times. It covers approximately the time span from 500 ce up to 1500 ce. This periodization is also applied to other regions of the world. Apart from travel, expansion of empires, and long-distance trade, mass migrations constitute the most significant factor of global entanglement (cf. Bentley 1996). In historiography, they attracted interest mainly with regard to the early history of the European peoples. Today, however, scholarly attention has shifted to the impact of migrations on the long-term transformation of cultures.
- cultural diversity