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Giancarlo Casale

Casale GiancarloProfessor of Early Modern History of the Mediterranean


Prof. Casale will take up the Chair of Early Modern History of the Mediterranean in September 2018.

Fields of research

  • Ottoman History
  • Comparative Early Modern Empires
  • Mediterranean and Indian Ocean History
  • History of Geography and Cartography


  • English
  • Italian
  • Turkish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic

Current Research Projects

I am currently working on a history of the Renaissance from the perspective of the early modern Ottoman Empire.  It begins with the simple but surprising fact that the name members of the Ottoman elite used for themselves was not "Ottoman" or "Turk," but rather "Roman."  My research asks to what extent this self-conception as "Roman" intersected with contemporary ideas of the Renaissance about the heritage of classical Greco-Roman antiquity, and what this meant for the emerging concept of "Europe." In addition to my work on this book, I am involved in several smaller projects, including a study of ethnographic modes of writing in Ottoman Turkish, the development of Ottoman naval technology, and a geo-historical study of the earthquake of Dubrovnik in 1667.  Since 2011, I have also served as executive editor of the Journal of Early Modern History.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Riyyās al-Baḥr al-Hindī: ʿAṣr al-Istikshāf al-ʿOthmānī [Arabic translation of The Ottoman Age of Exploration, with original preface from the author], translated by Mostafa Kassem (Kuwait, National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters: Forthcoming 2018-19).
  • “Vespucci and the Ottomans: New Worlds for All? A Description of the Americas in Seydi Ali Reis’s Book of the Surrounding Sea,”in Angelo Cattaneo and Francisco Contente Domingues, eds., Mundus Novus: New Worlds, Ancient Worlds (Bern: Peter Lang, 2018), pp. 193-203.
  • "An Ottoman Humanist on the Long Road to Egypt: Salih Celalzade's Tarih-i Misr al-Cedid," Dyntran Working Papers no.30 (Online: October 2017).
  • Political Theory and Early Modern Frontiers (A special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History, 19, no.6 (2015).
  • “The Islamic Empires of the Early Modern World,” in Jerry Bentley, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, and Sanjay Subrahmanyam eds., Cambridge World History, Vol.6: The Construction of a Global World, 1400-1800 CE, Part 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp.323-346.
  • “Tordesillas and the Ottoman Caliphate: Early Modern Frontiers and the Renaissance of an Ancient Islamic Institution,” Journal of Early Modern History 19/6 (2015): 485-513.
  • “Ottoman Warships in the Indian Ocean Armada of 1538: A Qualitative and Statistical Analysis,” in Dejanirah Couto, Feza Günergün and Maria Pia Pedani, eds., Seapower, Technology and Trade: Studies in Turkish Maritime History (Istanbul: Denizler Kitabevi, 2014), 89-102.
  • “Seeing the Past: Maps and Ottoman Historical Consciousness,” in Erdem Çipa and Emine Fetvacı,  Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013), 80-99.
  • “From Hungary to Southeast Asia: The Ali Macar Reis Atlas in Global Perspective,” The Journal of Ottoman Studies 39/1 (2012): 55-62.
  • The Ottoman Age of Exploration (New York: Oxford University Press, paperback 2011).
  • The Social History of the Sea, edited with Carla Rahn Phillips and Lisa Norling­(A special issue of the Journal for Early Modern History, 14, nos.1-2 (2010).

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