Connected Histories in the Early Modern World

Connected Histories in the Early Modern World contributes to our growing understanding of the connectedness of the world during a period in history when an unprecedented number of people—Africans, Asians, Americans, and Europeans—made transoceanic or other long distance journeys. Inspired by Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s innovative approach to early modern historical scholarship, it explores topics that highlight the cultural impact of the movement of people, animals, and objects at a global scale. The series editors welcome proposals for monographs and collections of essays in English from literary critics, art historians, and cultural historians that address the changes and cross-fertilizations of cultural practices of specific societies. General topics may concern, among other possibilities: cultural confluences, objects in motion, appropriations of material cultures, cross-cultural exoticization, transcultural identities, religious practices, translations and mistranslations, cultural impacts of trade, discourses of dislocation, globalism in literary/visual arts, and cultural histories of lesser studied regions (such as the Philippines, Macau, African societies).

Geographical Scope

Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Asia

Chronological Scope

1400 – 1700


Global renaissance, early modern studies, world history, cross-cultural engagements, cultural translations, connected histories

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Titles Published

Available as hardback, sometimes paperback too, and PDF ebook and, in some cases, as Open Access.

Titles in Production or Contracted

Christina Lee (Princeton University) and Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources

Kimberly Poitevin (Salem State University), Making Up Race in Early Modern England: Women, Cosmetics, and the Invention of Whiteness

John Beusterien (Texas Tech University), Transoceanic Animals as Spectacle in Early Modern Spain

Mevhibe Pinar Emiralioglu (Sam Houston State University), The Ottoman Enlightenment: Geography and Politics in the Early Modern World

Ameer Sohrawardy (Rutgers University), Shared Spaces in Anglo-Ottoman Literature, 1547-1675: Terrestrial, Maritime, Pestilential, and Subterranean

Nandini Das, João Vicente Melo, Haig Smith, and Lauren Working (Liverpool University), Keywords of Identity, Race, and Human Mobility in Early Modern England

Series Editors

Christina Lee

Christina Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She’s on sabbatical leave during the academic year 2018-2019.

Christina Lee was born in South Korea and raised in Argentina. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Latin American literature and earned a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton. She returned to Princeton as Associate Research Scholar in 2007 in the History Department, after holding Assistant professorships in Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College and at San Jose State University. She joined the Spanish and Portuguese department in 2009 and was promoted to Research Scholar with Continuing Appointment in 2015 and, then, to Associate Professor in 2018. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in her department and, occasionally, for the Council of the Humanities and the Freshman Seminar Program.

Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015), the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge [Ashgate], 2012), Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (with José Luis Gastañaga, Juan de la Cuesta, 2016), and the Spanish edition of Lope de Vega’s Los mártires de Japón (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006). She is also the co-editor of the global history book series Connected Histories in Early Modern Europe (with Julia Schleck), at Arc Humanities Press.

Christina Lee’s current book project, Saints of Resistance: Transpacific Devotions in the Spanish Philippines (under contract), examines the origin and development of some of most popular iconographic devotions of the Philippines, namely, Santo Niño de Cebú, Our Lady of Antipolo, Our Lady La Naval, and Our Lady of Caysasay. Based on the examination of archival documents, literary texts, and visual material gathered mostly in the Philippines, Spain, and the United States, Christina Lee sheds light on how these devotions were shaped by the socio-cultural convergences and the fraught entanglements among the indigenous, Chinese, mestizos, and Spaniards, yielding unique religious practices that reflect the merging of Eastern and Western cultures in the Philippines.

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Julia Schleck

Professor Schleck’s interests and research include Renaissance literature, travel writing and early modern colonial writing, Renaissance music, history of science, genre studies, and cultural materialism/Marxism. She is additionally interested in Queer Theory, particularly queer approaches to Renaissance literature. She regularly teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, and Intro to Literary Study. Julia Schleck is currently working on a book that examines early modern English travel and news reports treating the Ottoman Empire and Persia.

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Advisory Board

Michael Laffan

I study the history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, focusing at present on Islam, nationalism, Dutch colonialism and orientalism. I earned my B.A. in Asian Studies (Arabic) at the Australian National University in Canberra (1995) and got my Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of Sydney (2001). I came to Princeton in 2005 from a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. In my first book, Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma Below the Winds (2003), I argued that Islam played a central and largely unacknowledged role in the Indonesian nationalist movement, which historians have tended to associate mainly with a secular, Dutch-educated elite.

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Ricardo Padrón

Ricardo Padrón is an Associate Professor of Spanish. He holds a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia, an MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago, and an MA and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Harvard University. He is interested in the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world, particularly in the various expressions of the Hispanic imperial imagination. His first book, The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature and Empire in Early Modern Spain, was published in 2004 by the University of Chicago Press. Inspired by the work in contemporary critical geography, the book examines both maps and literary works from sixteenth-century Spain in the light of the changing conceptualizations of space and rationalizations of empire. His current work focusses on Spanish interest in Pacific and Asia in the wake of the Encounter with the Americas. He has also published on the poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, Fernando de Herrera, and Luis de Góngora, as well as on the mapping of imaginary worlds throughout the modern period. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States Universities, and the University of Virginia’s School of Arts and Sciences.

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Elizabeth Rodini

I am the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. My academic background is in the history of art, with a particular focus on Venice and its relationships with the Islamic world in the early modern period. My book, Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image, is due out in 2020. Other articles appear in Art History, Word & ImageMuseum History Journal, and various annotated volumes and catalogs. Until recently I taught at Johns Hopkins University, where I was the founding director of the Program in Museums and Society and am presently Fellow by Courtesy in the History of Art Department. Previously I was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored curator at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and held adjunct curatorial positions at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. I have been award fellowships by the Fulbright Foundation, the Bard Graduate Center, and other institutions. Presently I serve on the editorial review board for (College Art Association) and am a contributing editor to Smarthistory.

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Kaya Şahin

I am a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire, with a particular interest in history writing, governance, religious/confessional identity, and the construction of discourses/fictions around the question of what it meant to be an Ottoman.

My first book revolves around the life and writings of an Ottoman career bureaucrat, Celalzade Mustafa (ca. 1490-1567), and discusses the rise of a new Ottoman bureaucracy, the emergence of a new historical consciousness, and the creation of an Ottoman imperial culture that saw itself in direct competition with the Habsburgs and the Safavids. I argue that Ottoman attempts at empire-building in the first half of the sixteenth century reflect the general trends of a world-historical moment, and that the Ottomans have to be evaluated together with a host of other polities extending from Tudor England to Mughal India and beyond.

I see early modern Eurasia as a relatively unified ecological, political and cultural zone; and early modernity as a crucial period that allows us to critically re-evaluate modernity. Without ignoring the specificity of any local/regional experiences, I continue to use a comparative approach in my current research projects, which deal with issues such as the cultural and religious aspects of the Ottoman-Safavid rivalry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the European views/representations of the early modern Sunni-Shiite divide, and the fabrication of consent and legitimacy in early modern Eurasian empires.

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