Earthrise: the Franciscan story

McClure, J. (2017) Earthrise: the Franciscan story. Medieval History Journal, 20(1), pp. 89-117. (doi: 10.1177/0971945816687683)

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Abstract

This article uses Franciscan history to explore an alternative approach to global history. Following Benjamin Lazier’s observations about ‘Earthrise’, which showed that images of the world have been entangled with intellectual and political discourses, this article explores the Franciscans’ own Earthrise perspective which can be traced in the spiritual and mystical writings produced in the late Middle Ages. The aim of this article is not only to contest the kind of periodisation which has seen the global turn and ‘global era’ as peculiarly ‘modern’, but to suggest that any study of the ‘global’ must incorporate an analysis of the multilayered nature of that concept. It suggests that the global is not so much a scale as an idea, and considers how the hyper-local place of the body can be a site for realising a global vision.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McClure, Dr Julia
Authors: McClure, J.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Medieval History Journal
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0971-9458
ISSN (Online):0973-0753
Published Online:21 March 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Medieval History Society
First Published:First published in Medieval History Journal 20(1): 89-117
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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