1st Edition

Global Perspectives in Modern Italian Culture Knowledge and Representation of the World in Italy from the Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century

Edited By Guido Abbattista Copyright 2021
    332 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Global Perspectives in Modern Italian Culture presents a series of unexplored case studies from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, each demonstrating how travellers, scientists, Catholic missionaries, scholars and diplomats coming from the Italian peninsula contributed to understandings of various global issues during the age of early globalization. It also examines how these individuals represented different parts of the world to an Italian audience, and how deeply Italian culture drew inspiration from the increasing knowledge of world ‘Otherness’. The first part of the book focuses on the production of knowledge, drawing on texts written by philosophers, scientists, historians and numerous other first-hand eyewitnesses. The second part analyses the dissemination and popularization of knowledge by focussing on previously understudied published works and initiatives aimed at learned Italian readers and the general public. Written in a lively and engaging manner, this book will appeal to scholars and students of early modern and modern European history, as well as those interested in global history.


    Guido Abbattista

    Part I: Confronting World Diversity, 16-18th Century

    1. ‘Reason of State’ and Universal History: Boccalini and Botero

    Girolamo Imbruglia

    2. The Idea of Ottoman Despotism in the Relazioni of the Venetian Ambassadors

    Giuseppe Trebbi

    3. The Turkish Enemy and the Eastern European Space in Giambattista Vico’s Deeds of Antonio Carafa

    Stefania Sini

    4. From the Americas to Rome: Paths of Knowledge Among the Roman Curia During the Seventeenth Century

    Giovanni Pizzorusso

    5. Confronting Nationalities: Italian Jesuits in China in the late Seventeenth Century

    Irene Gaddo

    6. Italian Intermediation and Knowledge of The Languages and Cultures Of India: The Narrative Practices Regarding the ‘Other’ in Missionaries’ Writings

    Cristina Muru

    7. The Mapmaking of the Italian States. Circulation, Transnational Debates and Geographical Networks in the Italian Scientific Academies during the Long Eighteenth Century

    Marco Petrella

    8. A Persian Matteo Ricci: Muḥammad Zamān’s Seventeenth-Century Translation of De Christiana Expeditione Apud Sinas

    Francesco Calzolaio-Stefano Pellò

    Part II: Representing World Diversity, 19-20th Century

    9. Representing Asia in Il Costume antico e moderno by Giulio Ferrario

    Rolando Minuti

    10. Voices on China in Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Culture (1800-1850)

    Guido Abbattista

    11. The World seen from Milan: Illustrated Travel Journals in the Nineteenth Century

    Francesca Tacchi

    12. Columbus and the Others. The Historiographic and Schoolbook Image of the Italian Navigators

    Claudio Rosso

    13. The Atlantic Slave Trade on Italian Shores. The Case of The Kingdom of Sardinia (1815-1853)

    Marco Mariano

    14. From The Banks of the Neva: Italian Diplomats and Representations of Russia in 1862-1914

    Andrea Borelli

    15. Antonello Gerbi’s Discovery of the New World. Life Experience and the Practice of History (1938-1948)

    Maria Matilde Benzoni


    Guido Abbattista is Professor of Modern History at the University of Trieste.