Submodul 2a: “Genoese Merchant Networks in Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean (ca. 1450–1530)”

In collaboration with Italian, US-American, North-African and South-African partners, the Standing Working Group of the GHI Rome is studying “Genoese Merchant Networks in Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean (ca. 1450–1530)” and the importance of the circulation of people, objects and institutes between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic area.

Throughout the course of the research project the established narrative of the rise of capitalism in 18th-century Northern Europe will be critically scrutinised. The researchers will determine to what extent similar structures (including those independent of European influence) developed in the “Global South“.


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