Niels Paul Arends

Niels Paul Arends

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Research overview

Through the analysis of 4th - 8th c. Northern Italy as a connected geo-political region, Niels Arends' doctoral thesis aims to understand retracting and extending social, economic and political forces within the countryside. Apart from putting emphasis on changing landholding- and settlement patterns, the thesis focuses on the agency of micro-regional rural communities, giving full due to locally taken 'Northern Italian' trajectories. Northern Italy, as this thesis shows, presents a case for the interconnection of the political, social, economic and cultural history of the late antique and early medieval world. 

This research has been made possible through the generous funds gifted by the Professor Ian Kidd Bequest and St Leonards School.

Arends is supervised by Dr Carlos Machado and Professor Caroline Humfress.

Research interests

Late antique economy; early medieval economy; late antique Italy; early medieval Italy; landholding and settlement patterns; non-elites; rural economy; Ostrogoths; Lombards; Byzantines. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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