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Round And About Water: Christians And Muslims In The Ebro Valley In The Fourteenth Century

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Environmental historians and scientists are exploring the ability of extensive pastoralist societies to use large semi-arid and mountainous regions, and the thorough knowledge of shepherds of the requirements of the biology of their animals and the ecologies they frequented. Medievalists can contribute to this debate, despite our meagre sources regarding landscapes and environmental problems, by studying the way in which several factors, namely political, social and cultural, combine to explain past socio-economic systems of animal husbandry; hence, the interaction of environmental and social issues is the object of this chapter. It examines the water conflicts in the Ebro river around the town of Zaragoza between an organisation of sheep-herders and other ethnic and religious communities in the fourteenth century. The chapter argues that the interaction of individuals, communities and organisations with different aims and interests not only imposed a geographical, but also a social landscape.

Keywords: Christians; Ebro Valley; fourteenth century; Muslims



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