Prof Dominique Barbe: ÔÇťOceania in the Middle Ages: A Connected World

25 October, 2017

Demonstrating that there is a period corresponding to the European Middle Ages in the history of Oceania requires the identification of phenomena common to the majority of island groups. These phenomena suggest that a general evolution is found everywhere, with local specificities becoming more marked from the beginning of the Little Ice Age of the early fourteenth century. The development of archaeology, the collection and comparison of traditions and genealogies, and the history of natural events, are all elements that help in understanding the connections and conflicts of these latter days in an island world where the ocean is more of a bridge than a barrier.

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