Novel Insights into Naval Warfare and Diplomacy in Medieval Europe
Call for papers
Special Issue Information
Naval warfare and diplomacy in the Middle Ages are topics that have received increasing attention from historians in recent decades. However, there are still many aspects to be explored and better-understood, both from a regional and a comparative perspective. Naval warfare was a crucial factor in the political and economic development of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. The sea offered opportunities for trade, exploration, and conquest, but also posed challenges and threats from enemies and pirates. Diplomacy was often intertwined with naval power, as states sought to negotiate alliances, treaties, and truces with their rivals or enemies. This Special Issue aims to explore new research on naval warfare and diplomacy, with a special focus on the following themes:
- The sources and methodology of the study of naval warfare and diplomacy in the Middle Ages, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies and digital resources.
- The organization and functioning of medieval fleets and navies, as well as their role in the military and political strategies of kingdoms and cities.
- Naval conflicts and their economic, social, and cultural consequences, both locally and internationally.
- The forms and instruments of maritime diplomacy, from treaties and alliances to embassies and trade missions.
- The actors and networks involved in naval warfare and diplomacy, such as nobles, merchants, privateers, pirates, knights, clerics, military orders, etc.
- The economic resources for war, which were essential for maintaining and expanding naval power in the Middle Ages, since warships, weapons, supplies, crews, and coastal fortifications required considerable investments and expenditures.
- The presence and participation of women in naval war and diplomacy. Women played various roles in relation to naval warfare in the Middle Ages, such as rulers, patrons, warriors, spies, hostages, captives, traders, pirates, or victims—these roles could challenge or reinforce the gender norms and expectations of their societies.
CFP Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Histories is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025