Programme Rethymno – University of Copenhagen

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COST A 36: Tributary Empires Compared

War, Armies and Empires


Working Group Meeting

Rethymno, Greece, 2-4 November 2007

Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
(in collaboration with the University of Crete)

Friday 2 November (University of Crete, Xenia lecture hall)

14.30-14.50  Registration

14.50-15.00  Addresses (Institute for Mediterranean Studies – University of Crete)

  SESSION I: Introduction and Inaugural Lectures

Jeroen Duindam (University of Utrecht)

Lars Bo Kaspersen (University of Copenhagen)
Warfare as the Constituting Feature of Empires: Towards a General Theory of Imperial Warfare and the Impact on Society

Adam Ziolkowski (University of Warsaw)
Legion or Phalanx: A History of a Controversy from Polybios to Folard

Discussant: Peter Fibiger Bang (University of Copenhagen)

17.15-17.45  Coffee break

17.45-20.00  SESSION II: Militarism as State Ideology

William (Vijay) Pinch (Wesleyan University)
Devotion to War: Religion and the Mughal Expansion, ca. 1560-1650

Pavlina Karanastassi (University of Crete)
Roman Emperors as Army Leaders: Iconography and Interpretation

Suraiya Faroqhi (Bilgi University, Istanbul)
Celebrating Ottoman Victories (Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries)

Discussant: Vincent Gabrielsen (University of Copenhagen)

20.30  Dinner

NOTE: Friday’s sessions will be open; the remainder will be closed.



Saturday 3 November (Institute for Mediterranean Studies)

10.00-11.20  SESSION III: The Logistics of Imperial Warfare

Azar Gat (Tel Aviv University)
Armies, Resources and Logistics of Empires

Yingcong Dai (William Paterson University)
Military Finance of the Qing Empire

Discussant: Giovanni Salmeri (University of Pisa)

11.20-11.50  Coffee break

11.50-14.00  SESSION IV: The Logistics of Imperial Warfare: Recruitment

Ian Haynes (Newcastle University)
Tapping the Human Resource: Myth and Method in the Recruitment of Imperial Rome's Armies

Hakan Erdem (Sabanc? University, Istanbul)
Peasants into Soldiers and What Else? Military Recruitment in the Early Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire

David Woods (University College Cork)
Byzantine Recruitment in the Seventh Century: What Crisis ?

Discussant: Ebba Koch (University of Vienna)

14.00-16.00  Lunch

16.00-18.15  SESSION V: The Interaction between Army and Society

Dick Whittaker (University of Cambridge)
The Roman Army as Cultural Agents of Empire

Demetrios Kyritses (University of Crete)
Peasant and Soldier in the Byzantine Countryside: Aspects of a Social Relationship

Antonis Anastasopoulos (University of Crete)
Being a Janissary in Ottoman Crete

Discussant: Dariusz Kolodziejczyk (University of Warsaw)


Sunday 4 November (Institute for Mediterranean Studies)

10.00-12.15  SESSION VI: Warfare and Statecraft

Douglas Streusand (US Marine Corps Command & Staff College)
Firearms Were Not Enough: Ottoman and Mughal Imperial Consolidation

Ronald Asch (University of Freiburg)
Warfare, State Building and Noble Elites in Early Modern Europe

Metin Kunt (Sabanc? University, Istanbul)
Asian Statecraft and Ottoman Military Organisation

Discussant: Elias Kolovos (University of Crete)

12.15-12.45  Coffee break

12.45-14.00  General discussion

Introductory remarks: John A. Hall (McGill University)

14.00  Lunch


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