Borders and Travellers in Early Modern Europe

Betteridge, Thomas
Date published: 
August 2007

Early modern Europe was obsessed with borders and travel, concepts that appealed and appalled in equal measure. Adopting a broad cultural approach, this collection opens with an introduction placing its twin topics, borders and travellers, within a historiographical and theoretical context. It then presents a series of essays dealing with travel in the near east, Venice and Germany, as well travel writing and texts across Europe. Other chapters deal with specific border zones, such as the Irish Pale and the border between Christians and Turks, and ambiguous spaces including pirate ships, brothels and hospitals. Through a shared awareness of the way in which travelling and border crossing in the early modern world inevitably raised questions about identity, order and power, the contributors to this volume underline the shifting and uncertain nature of borders and travelling, and offer a fascinating insight into the cultural and social world of early modrn Europe.