Personal agency, borders and political units in the fourteenth century. The duchy ofGuelders and the history of international relations
Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis , Volume 127 - Issue 4 p. 579- 602
Theories that offer a historicized account of international relations often consider the late middle ages as a period of fundamental change. Territorial political units, geographically defined borders, and distinctions between internal and external gradually developed and became increasingly important. As a result international relations were not only governed by competition between individual lords, by feudal networks, or by imperial and papal univers- alism, but also by the agency of newly developing geopolitical units, such as kingdoms, territories, towns, and local lordships. On the basis of the Guelders War of Succession (1371- 1379) this paper offers a snapshot of this process of transition, demonstrating the dense and composite nature of international relations during the fourteenth century in the western part of the Holy Roman Empire.
|14th century, Guelders, International relations, State formation, Territorialisation|
|Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis|
|Organisation||Erasmus University Rotterdam|
Noordzij, A. (2014). Personal agency, borders and political units in the fourteenth century. The duchy ofGuelders and the history of international relations. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (Vol. 127, pp. 579–602). doi:10.5117/TVGESCH2014.4.NOOR