Amelia Gardner-Thorpe is undertaking an MPhil in Medieval History at Clare Hall, supervised by Professor Nora Berend and Dr Olenka Pevny. She obtained a first class degree in BA (Hons) History from the University of Exeter in 2021. Her BA thesis examined the impact of the fur trade, flax-to-linen process, and Tatar Invasion on Slavic vernacular literacy in Veliky Novgorod, the colonised northeast, and Kyiv between 1100 and 1299. Her BA thesis included linguistic (orthography), geographical, and historical analyses of birchbark documents, graffiti, and inscribed objects.
Amelia’s MPhil thesis will examine, map, and analyse the scale, interconnectedness, and employment of social and economic networks by analysing birchbark communication across medieval Russian cities, c. 1100-1300. Her thesis aims to answer not only where birchbark communication was employed, but how strongly people within and between select cities were connected over time and space by trade, trade routes, and personal and business relationships.
Centre for History and Economics,
Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK
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