Region: Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, Middle East, Ottoman Empire
Time: 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century
Theme: Economic History, Intellectual History, Legal History, Philosophy, Political History, Social History
Francesco entered the Joint PhD Program in History and Middle Eastern Studies in 2021. At Harvard, he plans to study agrarian change in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. More specifically, he is interested in how shifts in land tenure and ownership during 18th and 19th centuries shaped the political vocabulary available to peasants during insurrections and confrontations with established authority. The project is indicative of his broader concerns with both the early modern and modern history of the Eastern Mediterranean, social and conceptual history (especially their interrelation), political theory, and the history of political and legal thought.