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Title: Trade, Travel, and Exploration in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia
Author: Friedman, John Block
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2000
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780815320036
Volumes: 1; Pages: 715
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Trade, Travel, and Exploration: An Encyclopedia is a reference book that covers the peoples, places, technologies, and intellectual concepts that contributed to trade, travel and exploration during the Middle Ages, from the years A.D. 525 to 1492.
The contributors have presented the most comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the topics covered in the book. There are entries on the familiar topics, such as the voyages of Columbus and Marco Polo, but there are also articles on information that is more difficult to find, for example, the traditions of travel among Muslim women and the influence of Viking travel on navigation and geographical knowledge. Until now, some of this information has been available only in specialized journals, and some of it was never published in English translation.
Multi-disciplinary, non-Eurocentric approach
More than 175 scholars from a variety of disciplines, including European literature, European art, Asian studies, and the history of technology, have come together to write about travel and trade during the Middle Ages. Unlike many earlier general works on the Middle Ages, Medieval Trade, Travel, and Exploration: An Encyclopedia minimizes the Eurocentric bias and gives extensive coverage to such topics as travel within Inner Asia, Mongol society, and the spread of Buddhism.
Coverage of specific aspects of medieval travel
The encyclopedia contains many interesting articles on specific elements of medieval travel, for example, on inns and accommodations, on horses and harnesses, and on the magnetic compass. Overview essays, for example on topics like medieval geography, inland transportation, and maps, help place details on the importance of an individual, place, or technology in a wider context.
Extensive map program.
A extensive map program, specially prepared for this volume, is keyed to the articles in the text and gives standardized spellings for names of places that are often difficult to find on modern maps.
More than 125 illustrations, reproduced mainly from manuscripts and other medieval art forms, provide an authentic view of how people in the Middle Ages conceived of geographical concepts and imagined faraway people, places, and animals. Illustrations include reproductions of manuscript illuminations; photos of sculpture, architecture, and other medieval art forms; photos of ships found at archaeological digs; and reproductions of maps of medieval trade routes and trade sites.
Aids for the reader
Entries conclude with bibliographies that guide the reader to additional accessible works on the subject. The end of the book contains a General Bibliography, which lists the standard works on medieval travel and the sources most frequently cited by the encyclopedia's contributors. Other reader aids include a comprehensive index and "see also" references at the end of entries that guide the reader to articles of related interest in the encyclopedia.
Medieval Trade, Travel, and Exploration contains, in one volume, a vast amount of geographical, historical, and technological information about the Middle Ages for undergraduate and graduate students but also for scholars seeking quick, factual information.