Program 2022/23


Wednesday 16 November 2022
Rebecca L. Spang (Indiana University)
Making Money in the French Revolution

Wednesday 14 December 2022
Choon Hwee Koh (UCLA)
The Use of Credit in the Ottoman Empire: The Case of the Ottoman Postal System

Wednesday 11 January 2023
Nuno Palma (Manchester)
Goldilocks: American Precious Metals and the Rise of the West

Wednesday 1 March 2023
Mabel Winter (Sheffield)
Banking, Projecting and Politicking in Early Modern England: Some Insights from the Case of Thompson and Company 1671-1678

Wednesday 15 March 2023
Maria Fusaro (Exeter)
General Average and Risk Management in Medieval and Early Modern Maritime Business

Wednesday 12 April 2023
Takashi Kawato (Nagoya City)
Japanese Coinage in Maritime Asia, c. 1150-1660

Friday 28 April 2023
Debjani Bhattacharyya (Zurich University)
Atmospheric Politics in the Indian Ocean

In this talk I show how the underwriting practices that developed with Britain’s imperial expansion in the Indian ocean critically shaped the very parameters of meteorology in the early 19th century. Analyzing navigational journals and insurance cases fought in the marine courts in India and the admiralty courts in London, the talk reflects on why tropical cyclones, instead of becoming limits to be overcome through scientific forecasting, were instead financialized and made profitable through a brisk and thriving underwriting business. Bridging economic and environmental history, the talk documents how the very modalities and frameworks for assessing climate disturbance emanated out of these webs of insurance and trade that enveloped the globe during this period.

Talk in collaboration with Forschungschwerpunkt Wissenschaftsgeschichte at the University of Vienna and IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies Vienna

Cite this blog post
Stefano Condorelli (2022, September 30). Program 2022/23. Early Modern Financial History Seminar. Retrieved June 20, 2024, from

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