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Giorgio Riello

Riello 100x120Professor of Early Modern Global History


Fields of research

  • Global history and history of globalization
  • History of material culture
  • History of consumption and fashion
  • Early modern history of trade
  • History of the Indian Ocean
  • Global economic and cultural history

Current research projects


  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish

Current seminars at the EUI

Selected recent publications

  • Back in Fashion: Western Fashion from the Middle Ages to the Present (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2020), 289pp.
  • ed.with Ulinka Rublack, The Right to Dress: Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, 1200-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 505pp.
  • ed. with Dagmar Schaefer and Luca Molà, Threads of Global Desire: Silk in the Pre-modern World (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 412pp.
  • ed.with Tirthankar Roy, Global Economic History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), 376pp.
  • with Peter McNeil, Luxury: A Rich History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 351pp. Translated into Polish as Historia Luksusu (Bellona, 2017); into Chinese (Truth and Wisdom Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 407pp. Translations into Chinese 棉的全球史 乔吉奥列略 历史 书籍 (Beijing: Shanghai People Press and CUP, 2018); into Japanese (forthcoming 2021).



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    Department of History and Civilization 
    Via Bolognese 156  
    50139 Florence - Italy

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