Institute of Ancient History

Dr. Paolo Tedesco

Researcher

Contact

Keplerstr. 2, Room 45, 72074 Tübingen

+49 / 7071 / 29 77679

paolo.tedescospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Office hours

  • Friday 4 - 6 pm

2017-2019
Post-Doc Zukunftskonzept Programm (strategy to promote top-level research)

DFG (German Research Foundation) Excellence Initiative

2017
Reserach Fellow

DFG (German Research Foundation) Center for Advanced Studies "Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages", University of Tübingen

2016
Post-Doc Fellow and Research Assistant

Notre Dame Universität (IN)

2016
Summer Fellow

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection – Trustee for Harvard University

2015-2016
Post-Doc Fellow

Austrian Academy of Sience – Institute for Medieval Studies – ERC Advanced Grant: “Social cohesion, Identity and Religion in Europe (A.D. 400-1200) SCIRE”

2011-2015
PhD at University of Vienna and Princeton University

Dissertation titel: Late Roman Italy: Taxation, Settlement and Economy, A.D. 300 – 700

2009 – 2011

position at the Italian Ministry of Finance

2007 – 2009
MA in Medieval and Modern History

University “La Sapienza” of Rome

2003 – 2006
BA in Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History

University “La Sapienza” of Rome

2002
MA in Law (Roman law, national economy, taxation)

University of Rome and Urbino

Research

Research interests

  • Social and economic history of the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on Late Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Empires (300-1000 CE)
  • Political economy of premodern states
  • Feudalism and transition to Capitalism
  • Slavery, Serfdom and other forms of labour exploitation
  • Peasant Studies
  • History of Economic Thought

Ongoing projects

  • FLAME: Framing the Late Antique and Early Medieval Economy (325-750 CE) – Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity - Princeton University
  • Book: State, Taxation and Power in the Late Roman West A.D. 300-700
  • Book: Ernst Stein storico dell’economia e delle finanze imperiali

Publications

Edited volumes

  • John Haldon, The Empire That Would Not Die: A Symposium, edited and introduction by P. Tedesco, Journal of European Economic History 46, 2 (2017), 117-178.
  • together with Jairus Banaji, Giuseppe Salvioli’s Capitalism in the Ancient World, in Journal of European Economic History 46, 3 (2017), 145-156.

Journal articles and contributions to edited volumes

  • “Late Antiquity, Early Islam, and the Emergence of a Precocious Capitalism: A Review Essay”, in Journal of European Economic History 47, 3 (2018), 115-151.
  • “The Missing Factor: Economy and Labor in Late Roman North Africa, 400-600 CE”, in Journal of Late Antiquity 11, 2 (2018), 396-431.
  • “The Political Economy of Survival: The Eastern Roman Empire’s Transition to the Early Middle Ages“, Introduction to ‘John Haldon, The Empire That Would Not Die: A Symposium, ed. P. Tedesco, Journal of European Economic History 46, 2 (2017), 119-128.
  • “Liguria tardoantica e altomedievale: una nota di storia economica”, in Rivista Storica Italiana, 129, 3 (2017), 1094-1105.
  • “Economia monetaria e fiscalità tardoantica: una sintesi”, in Annali dell’Istituto Italiano di Numismatica, 62 (2016), 102-147.
  • “Was there Roman Capitalism?”, in Mediterraneo Antico XIX, 1-2 (2016), 11-21.
  • “Exploring the Economy of Byzantine Italy”, in Journal of European Economic History 45, 2 (2016), 179-193.
  • “Capitalismo, stato e società: alle origini del dibattito sull’economia antica”, in Bullettino dell’Istituto di diritto romano Vittorio Scialoja, 109 (2015), 339-361.
  • “Note sulla genesi e l’evoluzione dell’autopragia demaniale nei secoli IV-VI”, in Ricerca come incontro. Archeologi, paleografi e storici per Paolo Delogu, eds. G. Barone - A. Esposito - C. Frova, Roma, 2013, 3-17.
  • “Sortes Vandalorum : forme di insediamento nell’Africa post-romana”, in Expropriations et confiscationes dans l’Empire Tardif et les Royaumes Barbares. Une approche régionale, eds. Y. Rivière – P. Porena, Roma, 2012, 157-224.
  • “Economia e moneta nell’Africa vandalica”, in Annali dell’Istituto Italiano di Numismatica, 57 (2011), 115-138.
  • “Il ritorno dei barbari: studi recenti sulla crisi dell’impero romano”, in Studi Romani 44 (2006), 116-135.

Reviews

  • “J. Arnold, Theoderic and the Roman Imperial Restoration, Cambridge, 2014”, in Historische Zeitschrift 304, 2 (2017), 470-472.
  • “Across the Ocean: Nine Essays on Indo-Mediterranean Trade, eds. Federico De Romanis and Marco Maiuro, (Columbia Studies in Classical Tradition), Brill, Leiden, 2015”, in Journal of European Economic History 45, 3 (2016), 213-220.
  • “R.E. Payne, A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity, California University Press, Berkeley, 2015”, in Journal of European Economic History 45, 3 (2016), 229-234.
  • “L’Imperium Romanum en perspective. Les savoirs d’empire dans la République romaine et leur héritage dans l’Europe médiévale et moderne, eds. Julien Dubouloz, Sylvie Pittia, and Gaetano Sabatini, Paris, 2014”, in Journal of European Economic History 45, 1 (2016), 203-206.
  • “Yves Modéran, Les Vandales et l’Empire romain, Paris, 2014”, in Historische Zeitschrift in 302, 2 (2015), 473-474.
  • “G. Chouquer, Cadastres et fiscalité dans l’Antiquité tardive, Tours, 2014”, in Journal of European Economic History 44, 3 (2015), 206-209.
  • “L. Alonzi, Economia e finanza nell’Italia moderna. Rendite e forme di censo (XV-XX”, Roma, 2012”, in Studi Romani 62 (2014), 522-526.
  • “R. Hodges, Dark Age Economics, Bristol, 2012”, in Rivista Storica Italiana 126, 2 (2014), 598-603.
  • “P. Porena, L’insediamento degli Ostrogoti in Italia, Roma, 2012”, in Rivista Storica Italiana 126, 1 (2014), 221-228.
  • “Between Taxation and Rent: Fiscal Problems from Late Antiquity to Early Middle Ages, Bari, 2011, eds. P. Diaz – I. Martin Viso”, in Rivista Storica Italiana 125, 1 (2013), 219-228.
  • “S. Gasparri, L’Italia longobarda. Il regno, i Franchi, il papato, Roma-Bari, 2012”, in Studi Romani 50 (2012), 349-351.

Encyclopedia entries

  • “Capitatio and Caput”; “Coemptio”; “Food Supply”; “Hoarding Food”; “Hospitalitas”; “Imperial Estates”; “Indiction and Superindiction”; “Population”; “Price and Price Regulation”; “Remuneration”; “Scales and Weights” in Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford, forthcoming.

Conference presentations

Conference presentations

  • “The Agrarian Economies of the Early Middle Ages: Introductory remarks”, in Agrarian Change and Peasant Mobility in the Early Medieval West c. 600-1000 CE, University of Tübingen, 14-15 June 2018.
  • “The Missing Factor': Migration and Workforce Mobility in the Vandal Century, 440-540 CE”, paper presented at the Conference Approaching Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, University of Tuebingen, 19-21 July, 2017.
  • “State Formation and Economic Revival in Vandal Africa 440-540 CE”, The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation - Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity. Twelve Biennial Conference, Yale University, 23-26 March 2017.
  • “The Political Economy of Accommodation and the organization of Gothic fiscality: Further Thoughts after Princeton’s Conference”, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen – Kolloquiums Vorträge Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Tübingen, 13. Juni 2016.
  • “The Political Economy of Accommodation and Monetary Circulation: The Case of Gothic Italy”, Framing the Late Antique and Early Medieval Economy, International Conference, Princeton, 29-30 April 2016.
  • “Did Late Roman North Africa have a Consumption Revolution?”, Von der Großräumigkeit zur Kleinräumigkeit Regionalisierungs- und Integrationsprozesse in der Spätantike, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Trento, 29-31 October, 2015.
  • “Why Taxes Differ: A Comparative Study of Tributary Organization in the Late Antique World (A.D. 400 – 700)”, International Late Antiquity Congress New York University, New York, 11-14, June, 2014.
  • “The Financial Administration in Byzantine Italy: from iugatio/burdatio to coemptio/synônê”, International Workshop Princeton-Vienna Graduate Exchange Program in Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Medieval History, Princeton N.J. (USA), 9.-10. Mai 2014.
  • “Soldiers, Taxes, and Lands: Means to Finance the Army of Italy (450-550)”, in International Medieval Congress Leeds, Leeds, 1-4 July, 2013.
  • “State, Armies, and Taxes in Late Roman and Post-imperial Italy (400-550)”, Princeton Oxford Vienna Graduate Exchange Program in Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Medieval History, Oxford, 17-19 May, 2013.
  • “Barbarian Settlements, Lands and Taxes in the Post-Imperial Kingdoms”, Text and Identity in the Early Middle Ages, XVI, Vienna, 25-27 January, 2013.
  • “The Techniques of Accommodation: Some Economic Explanations”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 9-12 July, 2012.
  • “Old and new in the Ostrogothic army (489-553)”, Princeton Oxford Vienna Graduate Exchange Program in Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Medieval History", Vienna, 18-19 May, 2012.
  • “Taxation and Economy in a Post-Imperial Kingdom: Italy 400-600 AD”, Text and Identity in the Early Middle Ages, XV, Cambridge, 16-18 December, 2011.

Teaching

Syllabi

The syllabi are available at: https://uni-tuebingen.academia.edu/PaoloTedesco

Winter term 2019-20

Globalizing the Mediterranean economy in the Middle Ages, 500-1100 CE (Proseminar: Bachelor / Master Course – University of Tübingen)

Summer term 2019

The social and economic history of the Roman Empire (Bachelor / Master Course – University of Tübingen)

Winter term 2017-18

‘Small Things won’t matter’: Explorations in Social and Economic History of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Master / Graduate Seminar - University of Tübingen)