Giulio Talini

giulio.talini[at]unina.it

PhD in: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GOVERNANCE
Ciclo: XXXVI

Titolo progetto: Planters, Merchants, Officials. The Practices of Economic Knowledge in the French Atlantic and the Development of the Caribbean Colonies (1759-1791)

Supervisor(s): Roberto Zaugg

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  • Research 

    2021-2024
    Subject expert in Early Modern History and History of the Age of the Enlightenment, Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge, Faculty of History, University of Pisa.

    2023 (July)

    16th Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS), Panel Usages de l’antiquité, colonialisme et esclavage (coordinated by Patrizia Delpiano). Title of my presentation: What is a Modern Colony? History, Caribbean Slavery, and Reform in Jean Barré de Saint-Venant’s Enlightenment.

    2023 (April)

    EHESS seminar “Les mots de l’esclavage et du post-esclavage” UE566. Title of my presentation: L’esclave comme “capital”?.

    2023 (February)

    ATECOLE seminar 2022-2023, Université Paris I – Université Paris Sorbonne-Centre Roland Mousnier. Title of my presentation: Un océan de savoirs. Pour une histoire connectée des Chambres de commerce atlantiques et des Chambres d’agriculture coloniales (1759-1791).

    2022-2023
    Doctorant invité, Centre de Recherches en Histoire Internationale et Atlantique, Université de Nantes.

    2022 (September)
    Atlantic Italies, final conference, Zurich, chair – session 7 and session 8.

    2022 (June-July)
    Journées suisses d’histoire 2022, Geneve. Panel: As the waves flow. Dealing with the sea’s danger during the 17th and 18th centuries in the Mediterranean area (L. Burrus, M. Ini, and G. Talini). Title of my paper: Dangerous Sea Trade. The Magistrato di Sanità of the Free Port of Livorno and the Great Plague of Marseilles (1720): Networks, Information, Governance.

    2022 (May)
    Annual conference of the Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII, Trieste. Title of my presentation: La “mise en valeur” delle Antille e le pratiche del sapere economico nell’Atlantico francese. Piantatori, mercanti, funzionari (1759-1791).

    2022 (May)
    Lecture, University of Zurich (UZH). Title: Information and Knowledge in the Early Modern History of Trade.

    2022 (April)
    Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of French History, Encounters / Rencontres, Oxford. Title of my presentation: Encountering the Colonial Otherness. The Chambres mi-parties d’agriculture et de commerce of the French Antilles and the French State (1759-1763).

    2022 (April)
    Attraverso la Storia, Conference of the Italian Society for the History of the Early Modern Age, Bologna. Panel: “Ouvrir le chemin”. Saperi, istituzioni e pratiche della progettualità economica del secondo Settecento, coordinated by Giulio Talini. Title of my presentation: “Un mal nécessaire”. Schiavitù e tratta nei progetti riformatori delle Chambres d’agriculture delle Antille francesi (1759-1790).

    2022 (January-March)
    Visiting Student, European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization, under the supervision of Prof. Regina Grafe.

    2021 (June)
    Conference L’età della rivoluzione (1789-1848): prospettive di ricerca, Naples, 28-30 June 2021.
    Title of my paper: Rivoluzione, identità, commercio. Libertà dei mari, anglofobia e cosmopolitismo nel pensiero e nell’azione di Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac (1792-1804).

    2021 (February)-today
    Member of the group editing the archival documents produced in the Kingdom of Naples during the eighteenth century for economic decision-making (with Prof. Biagio Salvemini, Dr. Daniela Ciccolella, Dr. Alida Clemente). Current work: the “consulte” of the Neapolitan Supremo Magistrato di Commercio, 1739-1746.

    2020-today
    Member of the international équipe editing the works of Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre (1658-1743). Coordinator: Professor Emerita Carole Dornier (Université de Caen Normandie). Presses Universitaires de Caen. Section: Saint-Pierre’s historical writings.

    2020 (December)
    Conference Il Circolo di Cultura a Firenze (Firenze, 1920-1924). Intellettuali e politica negli anni dell’affermazione del Fascismo, Florence, Palazzo Vecchio.
    Title of my paper: Uno storico nel Circolo di Cultura. Il giovane Nello Rosselli tra storiografia militante e antifascismo (1920-1927).

    2020 (March-July)
    Scholarship holder at the University of Pisa, Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge. Coordinator: Professor Antonella Alimento. Transcription of eighteenth-century Italian, French, and British manuscript sources.

     

    Research interests

    History of the Enlightenment; Atlantic history; Intellectual and political history of the long eighteenth century; Social history of knowledge; Global history of empires; History of commerce; Maritime history; Early modern economic history; History of historiography.

     

    Publications

    See the attached document.

     

    Education

    2020
    Master of Arts Degree in History, University di Pisa, Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, 110 / 110 cum laude.
    Dissertation in History of the Age of the Enlightenment: Il ‘Giacobinismo degl’Inglesi su i mari’. Il Del commercio dei popoli neutrali in tempo di guerra di G. M. Lampredi tra Toscana, Francia e Inghilterra (1788-1802). Supervisors: Prof. Antonella Alimento and Prof. Marco Guidi.

    2019 (July-August)
    Cambridge History Summer School.

    2018
    Master of Arts Degree in Law, University of Pisa, Department of Law, 110 / 110 cum laude.
    Dissertation in History of law in early modern Europe: Aspetti della congruità della dote in alcune decisiones della Rota fiorentina al tramonto dell’Ancien Régime (1742-1784). Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Landi.

    2015 (July-August)
    Cambridge History Summer School.

    2013
    Maturità classica, 2013. Liceo Classico Isis Niccolini Palli, Livorno. 100 / 100.

    My research aims to investigate the problem of the production, storage, circulation, and use of economic  knowledge in the French Atlantic between the global Seven Years’ War (1754-1763) and the outbreak of the Anglo-French War in 1793, which led to the disintegration of the French Atlantic itself. To do so, I intend to study comparatively the well-documented economic knowledge created by the Chambres de commerce of the three most dynamic French Atlantic ports of the period (La Rochelle, Nantes, Bordeaux) and by the Chambres d’agriculture of the French Antillean colonies in order to promote their different views on how to favor the “mise en valeur” of the Antilles and make French Atlantic trade thrive. Availing themselves of their theoretical and practical expertise on commercial and economic matters as well as of their transnational networks, these semi-public, hybrid institutions addressed their letters, memoires, deliberations, counsels, and dossiers first and foremost to a third actor, the state, namely to the Contrôleur général des finances (directly or via their deputies at the Bureau du commerce) and to the Secrétaire d’État de la Marine with its colonial apparatus. The study of the mutual exchanges, the interactions, and the entanglements between the Chambres de commerce (merchants), the Chambres d’agriculture (planters), and the political sphere (officials) will allow not only to observe from an unconventional angle the construction and the dissemination of economic knowledge in the French Atlantic world, but also to determine the role of that knowledge coming from below in the colonial governance of the French Antilles and, possibly, in the consolidation of a more solid imperial identity.