The Western Mediterranean and the World

Teófilo Ruiz lecture on “The Western Mediterranean and the World”

Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives

Teófilo Ruiz, “The Western Mediterranean and the World”

FROM THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN TO THE ATLANTIC,  CA. 1300 – 1650

Friday, February 7
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

University of Chicago

Classics Building, Room 110
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Co-hosted by the Medieval Studies Workshop and the Western Mediterranean Culture Workshop.

Light reception to follow the lecture

In this lecture, I would like to explore the complex reasons which led to a shift from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. I contend that the opening of the Atlantic for exploration and the encounter with the New World, although having an impact on Mediterranean societies, was not the sole determinant for the slow demise of the former sea as the center of European civilization.

Teófilo F. Ruiz is an internationally recognized historian whose work focuses on medieval Spain and Europe. A student of Joseph R. Strayer, Ruiz received his…

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