History and Civilization


Women against dictatorship – History item of the month

Rato, Rita. Mulheres e resistência: Novas Cartas Portuguesas e outras lutas. Lisboa: Tinta da China, 2023. When I had this book in my hands to be classified, I really didn’t know what to do. Whenever I’m not sure of where a book should go on the library shelves, as this is what classifying is (here […]

The history of French pasta – History item of the month

Dessaux, Pierre-Antoine. Vermicelles et coquillettes: histoire d’une industrie alimentaire française. Tours: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais, 2023. If you enjoyed last month’s blogpost about the role of shells in early modern history, you may be pleased to know that shells feature in this too, although in the edible form of pasta. Library books about pasta, as you […]

Shells matter – History item of the month

Bass, Marisa, Stephanie Dickey, Anne Goldgar, Anna Grasskamp, Hanneke Grootenboer, Claudia Swan, and Róisín Watson, eds. Conchophilia: Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021. “Conchophilia [love of shells] ought to be a word, but it isn’t.” This is how one of the shell-loving editors of this beautiful volume starts […]

Nodes of Capitalism in the Early Modern Indian Ocean – exhibition now at the Library

In September 2023, CAPASIA, a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Project based in the Department of History at the European University Institute, hosted a conference at the EUI on ‘Nodes of Early Modern Capitalism,1500-1800’.  An exhibition accompanied this two-day event, displaying some of the ‘nodes’ of the Indian Ocean World investigated by the CAPASIA […]

Book Exhibition Dedicated to the Day of the Cyrillic Alphabet

Every year on 24 May many countries in Eastern Europe and Northern/Central Asia celebrate the day of the Cyrillic alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet is used by more than 250 million people across 50 languages and is the 6th most popular writing script on the planet. The creation of the Cyrillic alphabet is related to the […]