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The microbiology of early globalization

Pandemics and imperial entanglement in the 2nd to 8th centuries AD Updated and translated extract from: Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Jenseits von Rom und Karl dem Großen. Aspekte der globalen Verflechtung in der langen Spätantike, 300–800 n. Chr. Vienna 2018. Research is discovering, based on new...
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Die Mikrobiologie der frühen Globalisierung

Pandemien und imperiale Verflechtungen im 2. bis 8. Jahrhundert n. Chr. Aktualisierter Auszug aus dem Buch: Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Jenseits von Rom und Karl dem Großen. Aspekte der globalen Verflechtung in der langen Spätantike, 300–800 n. Chr. Wien 2018 (die allerletzte Version des Beitrags...
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A Jewish Empire?

Religion and Mission in the Khanate of the Khazars 1 Introduction In 2005, the plan for a monumental statue of the Grand Prince Svjatoslav I (r. 959-972) of Kiev, which was to be built in the village of Cholki near Belgorod (approx. 700 km south of Moscow), caused some excitement in Russia. The...
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"Black Death" or just the flu?

The "Justinianic plague" also struck the area of modern-day Austria in the 6th century CE; but how bad was the disease? “During this time there was a disease that almost destroyed all of humanity. (...) It is impossible to express an explanation in words unless it is related to God. Because (the...
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In the shadow of the crusades: An Austrian-Armenian Christmas 1212

„Yev Tiroj hreshtaky yerevats’ nrants’“ (“Then the angel of the Lord came to them“),  it says in Armenian in the Christmas gospel of Luke. These strange words were heard in January 1212 by the Austrian ambassadors, who had traveled to the court of the King of the Armenians on behalf of the...
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Climate change: Flexibility allowed societies to benefit

English translation of the APA Science Press release from 13 December 2019: https://science.apa.at/rubrik/kultur_und_gesellschaft/Klimawandel_Flexibilitaet_liess_Gesellschaften_profitieren/SCI_20191213_SCI39351351652190844 People were already faced with climate change in the Middle Ages: Between...
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Spätantike Kleine Eiszeit und Wandalen-Minimum?

Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Die Spätantike - eine expandierende Epoche?", organisiert von Prof. Stefan Esders an der FU Berlin, 30. Oktober 2018 (www.topoi.org/event/46455/) www.youtube.com/watch?v=prpzYb2Lico  
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