University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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Dr Matteo Salonia

Assistant Professor in European and International History, School of International Studies

 Salonia IS profile UNNC

Personal details


Room 314, Trent Building

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

199 Taikang East Road

Ningbo 315100  


+86 (0)574 8818 0000 (Ext. 8346)


PhD in History (University of Liverpool, UK)

MA in History (Roosevelt University, US)

Laurea in Storia delle Civiltà (Università di Parma, Italy)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I joined the School of International Studies at UNNC in September 2019. Previously, I have taught at the University of Liverpool (2013-2017), Manchester Metropolitan University (2016), and King’s College London, where I was Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History (2017-2019).

Expertise summary

  • Medieval Christendom
  • Early Modern Europe
  • History of Christianity
  • Economic History
  • Intellectual History
  • Iberian History
  • Global and International History

Teaching and learning


Understanding the West: Europe as Cradle of Western Civilization

The Making of Modern Europe, 1789-1945

Golden Empires: Portugal and Spain in Global History, c.1400-1900


Research Interests

My main research interests are the economic and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe and the global history of the Iberian world. In my book Genoa’s Freedom, I have explored themes such as medieval entrepreneurship and constitutionalism, and I have reconstructed the origins of the sixteenth-century Spanish-Genoese alliance, as well as its consequences in the Americas. My current project focuses on European travel literature during the age exploration. I am particularly interested in the transnational production of knowledge about the ‘peripheries’ of Iberian empires and in the different (and at times conflicting) expectations, agendas, and value systems emerging from letters and accounts. I am presently working on images of Asia in early sixteenth-century Italian travel writings.

My other research interests include the history of medieval Christianity, Catholic philosophy, and self-criticism in early modern Spain.

Academia profile:



  • Genoa’s Freedom: Entrepreneurship, Republicanism, and the Spanish Atlantic (London: Lexington Books; 2017).

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • “The First Voyage of Giovanni da Empoli to India: Mercantile culture, Christian faith, and the early production of knowledge about Portuguese Asia,” The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 31 (2019), 3-18.
  • “The Body in Medieval Spirituality: a Rationale for Pilgrimage and the Veneration of Relics,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Vol. 14 (2018), 2-20.
  • “Charles V’s Universal Monarchy in the Compendio of Antonio Doria,” Renaissance Studies, Vol. 32 (2018), 388-405.
  • “18 Brumaire and its Place in the French Revolution: a Critical Historiography,” World History Studies, Vol. 3 (2016), 38-60.

Selected Conference Papers and Seminars:

  • “Cinquecento Italy and the Ottoman Threat: Military Counsel and Hispanophile Sentiment.” 8th Renaissance Studies Conference, University of Sheffield, July 2018.
  • “Self-perception and the Production of Knowledge at the Peripheries of Empire: the case of Giovanni da Empoli (1483-1517).” Symposium on Early Modern Mercantile Culture, King’s College London, June 2018.
  • Invited to speak: “Local Causes and Global Consequences: the 1528 Hispanic-Genoese Alliance, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.” The University of Hong Kong, April 2018.
  • Invited to speak: “Genoa: a Mediterranean City in Global History.” Shanghai Normal University, November 2016.
  • Libertà and Sovereignty in early Cinquecento Genoa.” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Humboldt University, Berlin, March 2015.
  • Modestissima autorità: Late Medieval and Renaissance Republicanism in Genoa.” Canadian Society for Italian Studies Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, May 2014.

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