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FORCE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POLICY: EUROPEAN MILITARY INCURSIONS AND TRADE IN THE MAGHRIB, 1000-1355

Yarrison, James

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  • Title:
    FORCE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POLICY: EUROPEAN MILITARY INCURSIONS AND TRADE IN THE MAGHRIB, 1000-1355
  • Author / Creator: Yarrison, James
  • Published: ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
  • Summary: During the period 1000-1355, Eurpeans from ports along the northern Mediterranean littoral established and developed trade and diplomatic relations with the Maghrib's Muslim polities. At the same time, many European polities conducted military incursions against Maghrib(')i ports, shores and shipping. This study analyzes these incursions, so far as they are known, in their totality in an effort to determine their role as instruments of policy for the Europeans mounting them. Analysis of the incursions indicated that they were used by some polities as a means of maintaining Maghrib(')i respect, by others as a means of waging war on other Europeans in the Maghrib, and by still others as a means of extracting diplomatic and commercial concessions. Consideration of the constraints of geography, resources, politics and other interests acting on each European polity helped to establish, with the evidence of the incursions, the directions that their policies on the Maghrib took. Given the ad hoc nature of most medieval policy and the frequent lack of evidence, it was not always possible to determine what each European entity's policy was. Only for Venice, early Norman Sicily, Aragon, and Castile could definite statements be made. The European presence and actions affected the Maghrib(')is in their organization of life, political structures, diplomatic relations, economies, and perceptions of and attitudes toward Europeans. The most lasting effect of the presence and actions was on Maghrib(')i attitudes, which recoiled from the European's intrusiveness and maintained an intellectual and emotional separation from the enemy unbelievers enduring into more modern times.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Middle Ages ; Middle Ages ; Social Sciences
  • Is Part Of: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Creation Date: 1982
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