Silvia Marzagalli

Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Côte d’Azur (co-coordinator of the network)

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After studying at the Università degli Studi di Milano and obtaining her PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), Silvia Marzagalli became associate professor at the University of Bordeaux (1994-2005). Since 2005, she has been full professor at the University Côte d’Azur (formerly Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis). She has directed the Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne et Contemporaine (2010-2014) and is honorary fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. Her PhD thesis has offered a comparative study of merchants’ reactions to the continental blockade in three port cities (Bordeaux, Hamburg and Livorno). She has thereafter extended her interest to warfare shipping and neutral trade and produced a monography for her Habilitation on the United States shipping and trade in Bordeaux (1776-1815). Her current research deals with United States shipping in the Mediterranean during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In parallel, she is also interested in consular information and consular networks. As P.I. of two programs founded by the Agence Nationales de la Recherche, she has produced an online database on shipping (ANR Navigocorpus) and is currently working on a project in digital humanities to query the database and visualize uncertain historical data though a dynamic interface (ANR PORTIC).

Selected Publications

Books and Special Issues

Bordeaux et les Etats-Unis, 1776-1815. Politique et stratégies négociantes dans la genèse d’un réseau commercial, Genève 2015. 

Les consuls en Méditerranée, agents d’information, XVIe-XXe siècle, ed. by Silvia Marzagalli, with the support of Maria Ghazali and Christian Windler, Paris 2015.

La Méditerranée dans les circulations atlantiques au 18e siècle, ed. by Arnaud Bartolomei and Silvia Marzagalli, special issue of Revue d’histoire maritime 13 (2011).

Rough Waters. The United States involvement in the Mediterranean, 18th-19th c., ed. by Silvia Marzagalli, John McCusker and Jim Sofka, St. John’s (Newfoundland) 2010.

Comprendre la traite négrière atlantique, ed. by Silvia Marzagalli, Bordeaux 2009.

Guerre et économie dans l’espace atlantique du XVIe au XXe siècle, ed. by Bruno Marnot and Silvia Marzagalli, Pessac 2006.

Les boulevards de la fraude. Le négoce maritime et le Blocus continental, 1806-1813. Bordeaux, Hambourg, Livourne, Villeneuve d’Ascq 1993.