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Ottoman History in a Global Context, 1400-1800

A one-day workshop organized by the Warwick Global History and Culture Centre and the European University Institute

European University Institute, Florence, 10 February 2017
Venue: - Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati, Via Bolognese 156, 50139 Florence

Ottoman history has played a significant role in the re-shaping of global history in the past couple of decades. Global history’s initial interest on China (divergence) and India (Imperial history) has been challenged to think different forms of cultural, social and economic connections. A monolithic view of the Ottoman Empire has given way to studies emphasizing the Empire’s active role in diplomacy, trade, and war across vast parts of Asia and Europe with Gruzinski arguing even for an American (comparative) dimension. This workshop wishes to reflect on the ‘Ottoman contribution’ to global history but also how some of the problems, methodologies and topics of global history have been creatively integrated within a new type of Ottoman history.


9.30-10.20. Sinem Casale (University of Minnesota and EUI)
Politics of Exchange at the Early Modern Ottoman Court

10.20-11.10. Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota and EUI)
Contemplating the Globe from Beyond the Grave: The Problem of the Americas in the 3rd (posthumous) edition of Sipahizade's Most Conspicuous Highways to the Knowledge of Countries and Kingdoms, circa 1600


11.40-12.30. Luca Molà (EUI)
The Trade of Silks between Italy and Asia: A Long-term Intercontinental Exchange

2.00-2.50. Kate Fleet (Cambridge University) [via skype]
Ottoman Economic Connections in the Early Modern World

2.50-3.40. Michael Talbot (University of Greenwich)
Ottoman views of European empire in Southeast Asia


4.00-4.50. David do Paċo (Science Po)
The circles of social belonging of diplomatic agents in Pera: Peter Herbert-Rathkeal, 1735-1792

4.50-5.40 Veronica Prestini
Ferrara, Florence and the Ottoman Court: Economic, Financial and Trade Relations in mid-Sixteenth Century

5.40-6.00. Discussion