The Merchants of Venice: the Multifaceted Relationship between Trade, Traders, and Institutions in Late Medieval Venice
I am a first year DPhil student. I received both my BA and my MA from the University of Pisa, while at the same time attending Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), where I studied medieval history and palaeography. I have been twice to the ENS (Paris) as an exchange student and I have participated to numerous conferences both in Europe (such as the IMC) and in the US.
Drawing on fourteenth-century post-mortem dossiers of medieval Venetian merchants, the topic of my research is the the study of Venetian commercial networks in the light of Mediterranean history, the conceptualization of trade networks, commercial history, and the economic history of Venice. This theme is particularly significant since global connections are the crucial theoretical tool to overcome the notion of a unified Mediterranean and to rather put the emphasis on the entanglement and the connections taking place at all levels of medieval commerce, analysing both long - distance and coasting trade.
The topic is particularly significant since it allows a comprehensive evaluation of the volume of Venetian trade, of the commercial strategies of the Serenissima, as opposed to those of other polities (such as Genoa or Tuscany) and moreover because of the opportunity to analyse how social, intellectual, and economical boundaries were crossed in the trading places of the Mediterranean and how far the notion of cross-cultural interactions may be proven valid.
Research interests :
Late medieval History, Maritime History, Mediterranean History, diaspora and network studies, Venetian history, trade History.