Luca Puddu

luca.puddu-ssm[at]unina.it

Assegnista in: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GOVERNANCE (GHG Senior)

Titolo del progetto di ricerca: Decolonizing capital in Ethiopia and Eritrea, c. 1941-74


Education

Ph. D. in International History, University of Florence, 2011

Awards, Fellowships, Qualifications

Habilitation to associate professorship, history of international relations and extra-european societies and institutions (14 B/2), 2018

Senior visiting fellow, King’s College, London, 2019

Research fellow, University of Bologna, 2018-19

Visiting research fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden University, 2018

Research fellow, Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, Military Centre for Strategic Studies, 2017-2020

Research associate, National University of Public Service, Budapest, 2017

Research fellow, University of Cagliari, 2012-2015

Junior visiting fellow, Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington DC, 2013

“Enrico Augelli” award for Ph. D. dissertation, 2012

Teaching experience

2020-2021: Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary African History, University of Bologna

2019-2020: Lecturer of Political and Social Systems of sub-Saharan Africa, Sapienza University of Rome

2019: Lecturer, International Summer School of History, Anthropology and Heritage, Mekelle University.

2018-2019: Lecturer of Political and Social Systems of sub-Saharan Africa, Sapienza University of Rome

2018-2019: Lecturer of African History and Instititutions, Sapienza University of Rome

2018: Lecturer, International Summer School of History, Anthropology and Heritage, Mekelle University.

2017-2018: Lecturer of African History and Instititutions, Sapienza University of Rome

Research languages

Italian; English; French; Amharic

The research project analyses the role of business in the political transition that took place in Eritrea between 1941 and 1974, when the former Italian colony transited through three different colonial regimes. The purpose of the research is to evaluate to what extent business interests influenced and were affected by the foreign policy of governments in Europe and Addis Ababa as well, thereby going beyond the bilateral dimension between colonizer and colonized. Methodologically, the project takes into account primary sources and grey literature from government archives and business records in Europe, the United States, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Selected publications

Articles

Terra e sviluppo nell’Etiopia imperiale (2013), in “Afriche e Orienti”, 1, 2.

State building, rural development, and the making of a frontier regime in north-eastern Ethiopia (2016), in “The Journal of African History” 57, 1.

Centro e Periferia nell’Etiopia Imperiale: governare la frontiera nord-occidentale nel bassopiano di Gondar (2016), inAntropologia”, 3, 2.

Border diplomacy and state building in north-western Ethiopia, c. 1965-1977 (2017), in “Journal of Eastern African Studies”, 11, 2.

Eredità coloniali: il movimento indipendentista eritreo e il ruolo dell’Italia durante la federazione Etiopia-Eritrea (2019), in “Afriche e Orienti”, 1, XXI.

A contested internal frontier: the politics of internal and international borders in north-western Ethiopia (2020), in “Afriche e Orienti”, XXII, 2.

Of capital and power: Italian late colonial policies in Eritrea at the onset of the federation with Ethiopia (2021), in “Journal of European Economic History History”, 1.

A contested financial frontier: banking and Empire building in Eritrea, c. 1952-73 ( 2021), in “Africa: Journal of the International African Institute”, 91, 5.

Book chapters

Ethiopia and International Aid: Development between High Modernism and Exceptional Measures (con Emanuele Fantini), in T. Hagmann, F. Reyntjens, “Development without Democracy: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa”, ZED books, 2016.

Extraversion and Development in north-western Ethiopia: the case of the Humera, agricultural project from 1967 to 1975, in Toyin Falola, M. Odey (eds.), “Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa”, Routledge, 2018.

The Background to the Border Dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in, J. Besenyo, V. Marsai (eds.) “The Dynamics of Conflict in Africa in the early 21th century”, Dialog Campus, Budapest, 2018.

The International Labour Organization, (with Daniel R. Maul and Hakeem Tijani), in Stefano Bellucci, Andreas Eckert (eds.) “The General Labour History of Africa, Twentieth Century”, James Currey, Oxford, 2019.

Ragion di stato e ragioni del capitale: il lungo crepuscolo della Lira nell’Eritrea britannica, 1941-1952. in K. Pallaver, G. Podestà (eds.), “Una moneta per l’impero: pratiche monetarie, economia e società nell’Africa Orientale Italiana”, Franco Angeli, 2021.

“We had to feed the people”: the British occupation and the resilience of the Italian Lira in Eritrea. In: K. Pallaver, (ed.), “Monetary currencies, colonialism and African societies”, Palgrave McMillan, 2021.

Books

Competizione allo Sviluppo: Armi, aiuti e diplomazia dell’Occidente nell’Etiopia di Hailé Selassié, IGS Libri, Roma, 2018.