"Intercultural Contacts, Multiple Identities and Shifting Allegiances:
the Caravane Maritime and its Protagonists in the Early Modern Mediterranean."
There is an urgency and timeliness to this project. The recent developments in Southern Europe and North Africa regarding the history of the region and the need for British scholarship to engage with this research is urgent, not least because of the important role of British maritime and naval power in the Mediterranean at the time. At a historical moment in which classic Mediterranean issues - such as the co-habitation of Christianity and Islam and the integration of the Southern shores of the Mediterranean into the Western European economy after the Treaty of Barcelona - are on the agenda, we believe that it is important to go back in history and bring together all the experts in those fields so that transfer of knowledge can be achieved through cross-fertilization of different approaches.