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Medieval era migration: an overview

Migration A–Z

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  1. Michael Borgolte

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm355

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Borgolte, M. 2013. Medieval era migration: an overview. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • archaeology;
  • diaspora;
  • empire;
  • farming;
  • food;
  • community;
  • cultural diversity