Francesca Trivellato is a social and economic historian of early modern continental Europe and the Mediterranean.
She received her BA from the University of Venice, Italy (1995), a PhD in economic and social history from the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan (1999), and a PhD in history from Brown University (2004). She is a recipient of fellowships awarded by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Academy in Berlin, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Her The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (Yale University Press, 2009) won the 2010 AHA Leo Gershoy Award for the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European history; was the co-winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for the best book in Early Modern and Modern Jewish History published in English between 2006 and 2010; and was selected for the long list for the 2010 Cundill Prize in History.
Her previous work focused on Venetian glass manufacturing, including a book, Fondamenta dei Vetrai: Lavoro, tecnologia e mercato a Venezia tra Sei e Settecento (Rome: Donzelli, 2000), as well as on a variety of topics relating to craft guilds, merchant networks, and Jewish commercial activities.
She is currently writing a book on the history of credit in late medieval and early modern Europe, in which she unearths a forgotten and yet influential legend about the alleged invention by medieval Jews of marine insurance and bills of exchange –the two foundational instruments of European financial capitalism.
She is co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Jewish History.
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