New Book | Connected Mobilities

Posted in books by Editor on November 17, 2022

From Amsterdam UP:

Paul Nelles and Rosa Salzberg, eds., Connected Mobilities in the Early Modern World: The Practice and Experience of Movement (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2022), 282 pages, ISBN: 978-9463729239, €122.

Connected Mobilities in the Early Modern World offers a panorama of movement, mobility, and exchange in the early modern world. While the pre-modern centuries have long been portrayed as static and self-contained, it is now acknowledged that Europe from the Middle Ages onwards saw increasing flows of people and goods. Movement also connected the continent more closely to other parts of the world. This book challenges dominant notions of the ‘fixed,’ immobile nature of pre-modern cultures through study of the inter-connected material, social, and cultural dimensions of mobility. The case studies presented here chart the technologies and practices that both facilitated and impeded movement in diverse spheres of social activity such as communication, transport, politics, religion, medicine, and architecture. The chapters underscore the importance of the movement of people and objects through space and across distance to the dynamic economic, political, and cultural life of the early modern period.

Paul Nelles is Associate Professor of early modern history at Carleton University. His research focuses on the history of books, writing, and religion in early modern Europe. His study of Jesuit communication, The Information Order: Writing, Mobility and Distance in the Making of the Society of Jesus (1540–1573), is forthcoming.

Rosa Salzberg is Associate Professor of Early Modern History, University of Trento. Her research focuses on communication, urban history and the history of migration and mobility in early modern Europe, with a focus on Venice. She is the author of Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice (2014).


Paul Nelles and Rosa Salzberg, Movement and Mobility in the Early Modern World: An Introduction

Moving Bodies
1  John Gallagher, Linguistic Encounter: Fynes Moryson and the Uses of Language
2  Gerrit Verhoeven, Wading through the Mire: Mobility on the Grand Tour, 1585–1750
3  Carolin Schmitz, Travelling for Health: Medicine and Rural Mobility in Early Modern Spain

Crossing Borders
4  Irene Fosi, Mobility and Danger on the Borders of the Papal States, 16th–17th Centuries
5  Paola Molino, News on the Road: The Mobility of Handwritten Newsletters in Early Modern Europe
6  Darka Bili., Quarantine, Mobility, and Trade: Commercial Lazzarettos in the Early Modern Adriatic

Global Networks
7  Paul Nelles, Devotion in Transit: Agnus Dei, Jesuit Missionaries, and Global Salvation in the Sixteenth Century
8  Felicita Tramontana, Getting to the Holy Land: Franciscan Journeys and Mediterranean Mobility
9  Sebouh Aslanian, From Mount Lebanon to the Little Mount in Madras: Mobility and Catholic-Armenian Alms-Collecting Networks during the 18th Century


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