Dr. James Howard-Johnston to speak on ' World War in Eurasia at the End of Antiquity '
On October 12, 2018, Dr. James Howard-Johnston, Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, will speak on 'World War in Eurasia at the End of Antiquity'. The event is organized by HSE School of Asian Studies.
As it was building up its power in the steppes after defeating the Rouran in 552, the Turkish qaghanate played a decisive part in the affairs of the great sedentary powers in the centre and at both extremities of Eurasia - allying with the Sasanian Persians against the Hephthalites in 559, playing off the Northern Zhou against the state of Qi in northern China in 561, and, most significant, negotiating (from 568) an alliance with the Romans and agreeing on a plan for co-ordinated attacks on the Sasanians (scheduled for 573). Two key contributors to Turkish strength will be highlighted - an inherited ideology of limitless rule and partnership with the mercantile city states of Sogdia. Something will also be said about the principal eastern and western sources for the period 615-30 when the Turks exercised their greatest influence on the surrounding world and eventually overreached themselves. It is those years of dramatic events in the west which had repercussions in the east which are the central subject of the lecture. It will tell a story not previously told, and cast new light on the structure of the qaghanate and on relations between its leading qaghans.
Start time: 18.00
Address: 24/1 Staraya Basmannaya ulitsa, Building Б, Room Б-312
Working language: English