Instruments of early modern Iberian empires: towards a critical history of globalisation
My paper will present the first outputs of a new project which tackles the crucial but unexamined tension between measuring and orientation tools used by Europe’s Old Regime societies – which bear a strong local and regional stamp – and the universal expansionist ambitions of their empires. Situated at the crossroad of history of science and technology and intellectual and social approaches, for the occasion of the HSMT seminar, I will select some significant case studies, from a wide range of sources (navigational instruments, travelogues, maps, clocks, calendars and nautical and cosmographical treatises) related to the Iberian world and its early modern territorial expansion in a comparative approach with other empires.
28 October 2019, 16:00 (Monday, 3rd week, Michaelmas 2019)
History Faculty, George Street OX1 2RL
Dr Leonardo Ariel Carrió Cataldi (British Academy/University College London)
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