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Dr Matteo Salonia

Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History

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King's College London
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Room 3.06, Strand
London WC2R 2LS





Matteo Salonia joined the department in 2017 as Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian & Portuguese History, including the Colonial World. He studied at the Università di Parma (Italy), Fordham University (New York), and Roosevelt University (Chicago). In 2015, he was awarded a PhD in History from the University of Liverpool. Before coming to King’s College, he taught at the University of Liverpool and at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  •     Late Medieval and Renaissance Mediterranean
  •     Sixteenth-century Political Thought
  •     Early Modern Atlantic World
  •     Economic History

Matteo Salonia has published research on the late medieval and early modern history of the Republic of Genoa. He has brought together economic, political and intellectual history to investigate Genoa’s commercial expansion, institutional development and cosmopolitanism. He is especially interested in the origins of the sixteenth-century Hispanic-Genoese alliance and its consequences in the Spanish Americas. He also wrote on the idea of universal monarchy during the reign of Charles V.

Other topics on which he has published include Christian pilgrimage; and the rise of Napoleon.

Dr. Salonia is currently working on early Portuguese India.

Selected publications
  • Genoa’s Freedom: Entrepreneurship, Republicanism, and the Spanish Atlantic (Lanham: Lexington Books; 2017)
  • “The Body in Medieval Spirituality: A Rationale for Pilgrimage and the Veneration of Relics,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Vol. 14, 2018, pp. 2-20
  • “Charles V’s Universal Empire in the Compendio of Antonio Doria,” Renaissance Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3, June 2018, pp. 388-405
  • “18 Brumaire and its Place in the French Revolution: a Critical Historiography,” World History Review (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2016, pp. 38-60
Expertise and public engagement

Dr. Salonia has talked on the Mediterranean in Global History at Shanghai Normal University (2016).

He was interviewed on the Tom Woods Show (2017).

He was recently invited to speak on local and global history at the University of Hong Kong (2018).

He regularly gives informal talks on Catholicism and Church History.









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