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Borders and borderlands in the Global Middle Ages

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Profile Description

A PhD project with Professor Standen will look at frontiers, borders, boundaries and the ground-level functioning of borderlands in the "Global Middle Ages", probably with a focus on eastern Eurasia, with attention to formation and maintenance of frontiers, borders and boundaries, particularly in relation to identity, loyalty, or military matters. The research will preferably focus on the everyday interactions, negotiations, conflicts and compromises of borderland regions. Professor Standen's goal is to better understand the choices that borderlanders made, and the frameworks, motivations and imperatives that shaped those decisions. Her work seeks more complex understandings of ‘China', its peoples and its neighbours, which opens up these groupings and their relationships to rigorous comparative analysis.

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