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Reuven Amitai (2008)

Diplomacy and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean: a Re-examination of the Mamluk-Byzantine-Genoese Triangle in the Late Thirteenth Century in Light of the Existing Early Correspondence

Oriente Moderno, 88(2):349-368.

This article sheds light upon some problematic aspects of early relationships between the Mamluk Sultanate, the Byzantine Empire and Genoese. From the very beginning the author points on problematic nature of the extantsources, which present a very spotty picture. At the beginning, the article aspires to expand the picture of the contacts that existed between first Mamluk sultans, Baybars and Qalawun, and the contemporary Byzantine Emperor (Michael Paleologus) against the background of the Mongol threat, criticial for both states. This succeeds to be done on the basis of a meticulous analyses of contemporary diplomatic documentation and chronicles. On the other hand, the author stresses, there is still very few information about the role of Genoese in slave trade during that period, at least until the end of the thirteenth.

Mamluk Sultanate, Byzantine Empire, Genoese, slave trade
by Ishayahu Landa last modified 2012-09-11 12:56

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