Prof. Giorgio Riello

Giorgio Riello

Giorgio is the author of several books in the field of global history among which Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (CUP 2013; pb 2015 – recipient of the World History Association Book Prize 2014) and Luxury: A Rich History (OUP, 2016 – co-authored with Peter McNeil). He has published extensively on global trade and technological exchange between Europe and Asia in the early modern period and has recently co-edited Global Economic History (Bloomsbury 2019) and The Right to Dress: Sumptuary in a Global Perspective (CUP 2019). He is currently developing two projects: he is co-writing a book (with Dagmar Schaefer, Max Planck Institute, Berlin) entitled ‘Cultures of Innovation: Silk in Pre-Modern Eurasia’; and with Maxine Berg (Warwick) he is developing a project entitled “European Factories of the Indian Ocean, 1600-1780” considering the system of trade and information exchange in the Indian Ocean.

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Selected publications:

  • (eds.) Dressing Global Bodies: The Political Power of Dress in Global History (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2020), 344pp (with Beverly Lemire)
  • (eds.) The Right to Dress: Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, 1200-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 448pp. (with Ulinka Rublack)
  • (eds.) Global Gifts: The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 302 (with Anne Gerritsen and Zoltán Biedermann).
  • (eds.) Threads of Global Desire: Silk in the Pre-modern World (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 412pp. (with Dagmar Schaefer and Luca Molà).
  • Luxury: A Rich History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 351pp. (with Peter McNeil).
  • (eds.) The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the First Global Age (London: Routledge, 2016), 258pp, 40 B&W illustrations (with Anne Gerritsen)
  • (eds.) Writing Material Culture History (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 328pp. (with Anne Gerritsen). (Second rev. and expanded ed., forthcoming 2020).
  • Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 407pp.
  • (eds.) Global Design History (Basingstoke: Routledge, 2011), 252pp. (with Glenn Adamson and Sarah Teasley)
  • (eds.) The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives (Basingstoke: Routledge, 2010), 592pp. (with Peter McNeil)
  • (eds.), The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, HB 2009; PB 2011) (with Prasannan Parthasarathi), 489pp. [
  • (eds.), How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 (Leiden: Brill, HB 2009; PB forthcoming Dec. 2012) (with Tirthankar Roy), 490pp.
  • A Foot in the Past: Consumers, Producers and Footwear in the Long Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 302pp.
  • (eds.) Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (Oxford and New York: Berg, HB 2006; PB 2011), 448pp. (with Peter McNeil).