Reading List and Bibliography

Below is the list of works we will read and discuss at the Institute. Once participants are selected, we will post a zipped PDF of all the readings for participants.

 Unit One: Theories: Empires and Early Modernity

 Bentley, Jerry H. “Cross-Cultural Interaction and Periodization in World History,” American Historical Review 101 (1996): 749-70.

 Elliot, John H. "The Seizure of Overseas Territories by the European Powers," in Theories of Empire, 1450-1800, ed. David Armitage (Aldershot, 1998), 139-158.

 Eisenstadt, Shmuel N. and Schluchter, Wolfgang, “Introduction: Paths to Early Modernities: A Comparative View,” Daedalus 127 (1998): 1-18.

 Manning, Patrick. “The Problem of Interactions in World History,” American Historical Review 101 (1996): 771-82.

Parsons, Timothy. “Introduction: The Subjects of Empire,” in The Rule of Empires: Those who Built Them, Those who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall (Oxford, 2010).

Subrahmanyam, Sanjay. “Connected Histories: Notes towards a Reconfiguration of Early Modern Eurasia,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3, Special Issue: The Eurasian Context of the Early Modern History of Mainland South East Asia, 1400-1800 (Jul., 1997), 735-762.

 Wong, R. Bin. "The Search for European Differences and Domination in the Early Modern World: A View from Asia." American Historical Review, v. 107 (2002), 447-69.


Unit Two: Empires and Economies of Scale

 Adas, Michael. “Imperialism and Colonialism in Comparative Perspective.” The International History Review 2(1998), 371-88.

 Bushnell, Amy Turner and Greene, Jack P. “Peripheries, Centers, and the Construction of Early American Empires,” in Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the Americas, 1500-1820, eds. Christine Daniels and Michael Kennedy (New York, 2002), 1-14.

 Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge. "Entangled Histories: Borderland Historiographies in New Clothes?," American Historical Review 112(2007), 787-99.

 Curtin, Philip D. “The Armenians in Safavid Persia,” in idem., Cross-Cultural Trade in World History (Cambridge, 1984), 186-206.

 Games, Alison. “Atlantic History: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities," American Historical Review 111(2006), 741-757.

 Gould, Eliga H. “Entangled Histories, Entangled Worlds: The English-Speaking Atlantic as a Spanish Periphery,” American Historical Review 112(2007), 764-786.

 Heyd, U. Ottoman Documents on Palestine (Oxford, 1960), pp.174-184.

 Hostetler, Laura. “Qing Connections to the Early Modern World: Ethnography and Cartography in Eighteenth-Century China,” Modern Asian Studies 34(2000), 623-62.

 Levi, Scott C. and Sela, Ron eds. Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources (Bloomington, Ind., 2010). (approximately 15 pages)

 Mathee, Rudi. "Safavid Iran as Tributary Empire" (unpublished typescript)

-------. “Was Safavid Iran an Empire?” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53(2010): 233-265.

 ------.“The decline of the Safavids in Comparative Perspective” (unpublished typescript)

 Perdue, Peter C. “Comparing Empires: Manchu Colonialism,” The International History Review    20(1998), 255-61.

 Richards, John F. “The Economy, Societal Change, and International Trade,” in idem., The Mughal Empire (Cambridge, 1995), 185-204.

 Tezcan, Baki. "The Second Empire: The Transformation of the Ottoman Polity in the Early Modern Era," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 29(2009): 556-72.


Unit Three: Religious and Biological Interactions

 Bacci, Massimo Livi. “The demographic catastrophe of the Indios” and “Different witnesses and a common analysis” in Conquest, trans. Carl Ipsen (Polity, 2008), 3-20, 23-42.

 Bulliet, Richard. “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization,” in The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (New York, 2004), 1-46.

 Bulliet, Richard. “Conversion to Islam after 1100,” in Islamic Cultures and Societies to the end of the Eighteenth Century, vol. 4 The New Cambridge History of Islam, ed. Robert Irwin (Cambridge, 2010), 71-91.

 Ditchfield, Simon. “De-centering the Catholic Reformation: Papacy and Peoples in the early modern world,” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 101(2010), 186-207.

Huntington, Samuel P. “Clash of Civilizations?” in The Clash of Civilizations?: Asian Responses, ed. Salim Rashid (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 1-26.

 McCann, James. “Seeds of Subversion in Two Peasant Empires,” in Maize and Grace: Africa’s encounter with a New World Crop (Harvard, 2005), 59-93.

McNeill, J.R. “Of rats and men: a Synoptic Environmental History of the Island Pacific,” Journal of World History, 5 (1994), 299-326.

Scheper Hughes, Jennifer. “The Cristo comes to Life: Lived Religion in Colonial Mexico,” in Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present (Oxford, 2010), 83-106.


Unit Four: Ideas and Connections

Extract of Two Letters from the Missionary Jesuits, concerning the Discovery of the New Philippines-Islands, with a Map of the Same, in Philosophical Transactions XXVI (London, 1708).

Gobien, Charles Le ed. Lettres Edifiantes et Curieuses Ecrites des Missions Etrangeres par quelques Missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jesus (Paris, 1707). (note map source, unit four)

Harris, Steven J. Mapping Jesuit Science. The Role of Travel in the Geography of Knowledge, in The Jesuits. Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540–1773, eds., John W. O'Malley et al (Toronto, 1999), 212–40.

Ricci, Matteo S. True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven (Jesuit Primary Sources in English Translation: Series I, N. 6).  Transl. and edited by Douglas Lancashire, Kuo-chen Hu, and Edward Malatesta., (St. Louis, Mo.,1985). (approximately 50 pages)

Serrano, Andres Breve Noticia del Nuevo Descubrimiento de las Islas Pais o Palaos (Madrid, 1706). (map source, unit 4)

 Stöcklein, Joseph ed. Allerhand so lehr- als geist-reiche Brief, Schrifften und Reis-beschreibungen, welche von denen Missionariis der Gesellschaft Jesu aus beyden Indien, und andern über Meer gelegenen Ländern, seit an. 1642 biß auf das Jahr 1726 in Europa angelangt seynd. Erster Bund oder die 8. Erste Teil (Augsburg 1726). (note map source)

Supplemental Reading List

Aksan, Virginia H. and Daniel Goffman, eds. The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Alam, Muzaffar and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400–1800.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Babaie, Sussan. Isfahan and its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi’ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

———, et al. Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran. London: I. B. Tauris, 2004.

Benjamin, Thomas. The Atlantic World: Europeans, Africans, Indians, and their Shared History, 1400-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Brummett, Palmira. Ottoman Seapower and Levantine Diplomacy in the Age of Discovery. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Bulliet, Richard. The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Crosby, Alfred. Ecological Imperialism : The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Curtin, Philip D. Cross-Cultural Trade in World History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Dale, Stephen F. The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Eltis, David, ed. Coerced and Free Migration: Global Perspectives. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.

Finkel, Caroline. Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire.  New York: Basic Books, 2006.

Goffman, Daniel. The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Greene, Molly. Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Mediterranean, 1450-1700. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

———, A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Greer, Allan and Jodi Bilinkoff, eds. Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Grover, Richard H. Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens, and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Hostetler, Laura. The Art of Ethnography: A Chinese “Miao Album.” Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.

———. Qing Colonial Enterprise: Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Imber, Colin. The Ottoman Empire.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002.

Inalcık, Halil and Donald Quatert, eds.  An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. 

 Karamustafa, Ahmet. Sufism: The Formative Period.  Berkeley: University of California   Press, 2007.

———. God’s Unruly Friends: Dervish Groups in the Islamic Later Middle Period, 1200- 1550.  Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994.

Lapidus, Ira M.  A History of Islamic Societies. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Levi, Scott. The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550-1900. Leiden: Brill, 2002.

Lovell, W. George. A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala. 3rd ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010.

———. Conquest and Survival in Colonial Guatemala: A Historical Geography of the Cuchumatán Highlands, 1500-1821. 3rd ed.  Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005.

Marks, Robert B. Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial   South China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Matthee, Rudolph. Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2012.

———. The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Millward, James A. Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity, and Empire in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Mungello, D. E. The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

Newman, Andrew J. Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009.

Parker, Charles. Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Parsons, Timothy. The Rule of Empires. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Perdue, Peter. China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Philips, Carla Rahn. Six Galleons for the King of Spain: Imperial Defense in the Early Seventeenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.

Philips, Carla Rahn and William D. Phillips Jr. Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. ———. The Worlds of Christopher Columbus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. 

Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik. The World that Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the present. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2006.

Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680. New Haven: Yale       University Press, 1988.

Richards, John F.  The Mughal Empire.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

———. The Unending Frontier: An Environmental History of the Early Modern World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Schwartz, Stewart B., ed. Implicit Understandings: Observing, Reporting, and Reflecting on the Encounters between Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Subrahmanyam, Sanjay. From the Tagus to the Ganges: Explorations in Connected History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Tezcan, Baki. The Second Ottoman Empire.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 

Thornton, John. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Tracy, James D., ed. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Wang, Gungwu. China and the Chinese Overseas. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1992.

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