A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History contains 79 short essays, each comprised of a primary source (of a manageable length and translated into English) and an explanation of the source's context and meaning. Spanning the period from c. 1450 to c. 1750 and including primary sources from across early modern Europe, from Spain to Transylvania, Italy to Iceland, and the European colonies, this book provides an excellent sense of the diversity and complexity of human experience during this time whilst drawing attention to key themes and events of the period. It is ideal for students of early modern history, and of early modern Europe in particular. Published in honor of Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director Emerita of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Regents' Professor Emerita of History at the University of Arizona.
About Fabio Lanza
I am a cultural historian of twentieth-century China, with a particular focus on political activism and urban space.
My first single-authored book, Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing traces the origins the category of “students,” which has been coeval and coincident with Chinese modernity itself. Through an original analysis of one of the crucial episodes in the historiography—and imagination—of modern China, the May Fourth movement of 1919, I show how the signifier “student” was the result of a historical process. To put it simply, while in China—as elsewhere—there had always been people who studied, the political category of “student” was far from pre-determined and was actually produced through political practice during a particular historical moment.
Here is an interview on the book in New Books in East Asian Studies: http://newbooksnetwork.com/eastasianstudies/2013/05/30/fabio-lanza-behind-the-gate-inventing-students-in-beijing-columbia-up-2010/
With my colleague Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney, I have co-edited De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change (Routledge, 2012).
My second monograph, The End of Concern: Maoism, Activism, and Asian Studies, follows the history of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars throughout the long sixties, as a way to explore an important moment of transition in the Cold War and to highlight the role of Maoism as a political and intellectual inspiration for activists around the world.
Here is an interview on the book in New Books in East Asian Studies: https://newbooksnetwork.com/fabio-lanza-the-end-of-concern-maoist-china-...
I teach introductory classes on Modern China and Modern East Asia as well as a course on Communist China through films, memoirs, and fictional narratives. I am also looking forward to teach a new course on “The Global Sixties”. In all my courses, by expanding the reading list beyond what are usually considered historical sources, I lead students to look at how history is continuously produced around us and to read everyday materials as potential “archives.” For graduate students, I teach Historiography, Comparative World Revolutions, a course on the Chinese city, and I contribute to the world/comparative minor.
I was born and bred in Venice, Italy and moved to the US in 1998. When I am not working, I am usually working out or cooking.
Areas of Study
Modern Chinese History
I am currently working on a new project, "Revolution in the Quotidian: A History of the Maoist Everyday" a street-level history of Beijing between 1949 and the 1980s, tracing how communism (and capitalism) redefined and transformed the practices and rhythms of daily life.
Twentieth-Century China, Urban History, Global Maoism, The Sixties
M.A. (1999)University of Venice, Ca' Foscari
HIST 160A2 - Asia and the World (UA Online)