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Padraic Rohan

Padraic Rohan

Field: 
Early Modern Europe
Medieval Europe
Middle East and Central Asia
Transnational, International, and Global History
B.S., UC Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1997
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University East Bay, 1999
M.A., Istanbul Şehir University, Ottoman History, 2015
M.A., Stanford University, 2017
Dissertation Title: 
Transforming Empire: the Genoese from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1291-1492

 

I study the Genoese maritime empire of the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea between the crusades and Columbus, and its transformation into a global banking empire. In focusing on the geopolitical struggle between the Genoese and the Venetians, their complex relationships with the Byzantine, Mamluk, and Ottoman dynasties, and the Genoese role in Iberian expansion into the Atlantic, I hope to excise flaws in western historiography regarding capitalism, modernity, and Islam, and to construct a more durable narrative of the rise of Europe and its place in world history.