The Fortune of the Casa di San Giorgio and the Origins of the Corporations

Dr. Carlo Taviani (project in collaboration with Villa I Tatti, University of Harvard)

Corporations are currently among the strongest and most influential organizations in the world. One important turning point in the development of their capacities took place in the early modern period when they successfully acquired huge amounts of capital in order to better afford the exorbitant costs and risks of travel from Europe to Africa, Asia and America. During this period they also assumed political tasks, progressively ruling lands and  ...   


Genoese Merchant Networks in Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean (ca. 1450–1530)

Dr. Carlo Taviani (project in collaboration with Villa I Tatti, University of Harvard)

As part of the international research project of the Foundation Max Weber Stiftung Knowledge Unbound.

From the middle of the 15th century, Genoese families were increasingly active in southern Spain and Portugal, establishing settlements in various port cities and  ...   


Imperial Imitation of the Papacy in the Early Modern Period

Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller

The universal pretense of the papacy concerning the spiritual domain in succession of the apostle Peter has been complemented at times by a more or less pronounced secular-political universalism during its history and combined with elements of imperial self-conception. In forming an image of themselves, the popes referred repeatedly to features of antique and medieval imperial symbolism, especially those popes whose name already suggested an  ...   


Übergangsgesellschaften im Vergleich. Überlegungen zur "Sattelzeit" auf der italienischen Halbinsel und in Europa

PD Dr. Lutz Klinkhammer

Ausgehend von der Analyse der Reaktionsmuster der Bevölkerung im linksrheinischen Deutschland und in Piemont auf die französische Herrschaft von 1798 bis 1814 zielt das Projekt auf eine Bewertung bestimmter Transformationsprozesse in Staat und Gesellschaft vom späten 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Restaurationszeit. Im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit steht die Generierung von neuem gesellschaftlichen Wissen, das sich erweitert um politische  ...   


Medicine and the Radical Reformation

Dr. Riccarda Suitner

The project examines the relationship between medicine and the Radical Reformation in the early modern period. In 1531, in Strasbourg, the Spanish doctor Michael Servetus published De trinitatis erroribus, which is considered the first Antitrinitarian text of early modernity. The treatise influenced numerous generations of dissenters from different countries, in particular physicians.
One of the project’s areas of interest is the  ...