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Digital Historical Research on Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Space

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Edited By Dino Mujadzevic

As digital humanities in recent years have been taking roots in major international research centers, this edited volume consisting of ten papers including the introduction seeks to examine the current state of the digital/data-driven research in history and neighboring disciplines dealing with Southeast Europe as well as with the Ottoman Empire and to give an interdisciplinary impetus by bringing together international scholars working with various digital approaches. The included papers give a broad introduction into the field and follow various methods of digital analysis and visualization incorporating approaches like corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis,GIS (Geographic Information Systems), agent-based modelling, computationalstatistics etc.

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Sovereignty and Space through GIS in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian/Ottoman Frontier

Sovereignty and Space through GIS in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian/Ottoman Frontier

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Michael Połczyński

At its height during the 16th and 17th centuries, the mutual frontier of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire stretched 1,200 km over the Pontic Steppe region of eastern Ukraine to the heart of Central Europe. Encompassing territories connected to Crimea, the Pontic Steppe, and the Carpathian Mountains within the modern nations of Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, and Russia, it was the most extensive contiguous land-based frontier shared by a European and an Islamic power during the early modern period. In light of sustained interest throughout the humanities in current and historical relations between Europe and the Islamic world, and in particular the areas of Crimea and Ukraine, this zone of prolonged and intense cultural, economic, and socio-political contact has received little attention as a locus of contact. My research explores processes of conflict, mediation, reconciliation, and disparate notions of sovereignty and legitimacy of rule in the republican/dynastic imperial milieu of Europe’s longest early modern frontier with the Islamic world during the 16th century. Apropos of data-driven historical studies on Southeastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire, I am creating a gazetteer for the region using Ottoman, Polish, and other local sources and am employing GIS and related technologies in order to better envision and study these concepts in situ.

Called the dzikie pola (“wild field”) by Poles, Ukrainians and Russians and the deşt-i kipçak (“Kipchak wasteland”) in Ottoman and Crimean sources, this geographic zone hosted multiple coinciding...

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