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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Ulpianum–Nyeuberge–Prişthine: Places of Power on the Plain of Kosovo

Ulpianum–Nyeuberge–Prişthine: Places of Power on the Plain of Kosovo

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(p.302) 14 Ulpianum–Nyeuberge–Prişthine: Places of Power on the Plain of Kosovo
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Felix Teichner

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0014

To this day, the central Balkan region of Kosovo bears an important geostrategic meaning due to its rich metal ore reserves. Consequently, the effort that respective hegemonic powers—Imperium Romanum, Byzantine Empire, Bulgarian, Serbian and Ottoman state—put into controlling these deposits and in establishing administrative and economic centres in the area is traceable throughout history. The development of these places of power that dominate the Plain of Kosovo is portrayed in the light of new archaeological investigations. They suggest that, in addition to accessibility to natural resources including mines, infrastructural connections and political stability decided the success or failure of archaeologically or historically identifiable urban places, which were themselves located according to exogenic circumstances. After emphasising the central role of the Roman urban heritage upon developing early medieval power structures, this chapter looks beyond the Middle Ages at the connection between (urban) ‘place’ and ‘power’ in this Balkan region.

Keywords:   Kosovo, hegemonic powers, administrative and economic centres, Plain of Kosovo, natural resources, Roman urban heritage, ‘place’ and ‘power’

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