The book series Mediterranean Reconfigurations is devoted to the analyses of historical change in the Mediterranean over a long period (15th - 19th centuries), challenging totalizing narratives that “Westernize” Mediterranean history as having led naturally to European domination in the 19th and 20th centuries. In reality, the encounters of Muslim, Jewish, Armenian and Protestant merchants and sailors with legal customs and judicial practices different from their own gave rise to legal and cultural creativity throughout the Mediterranean. Through the prism of commercial litigation, the series thus offers a more accurate and deeper understanding of the practices of intercultural trade, in a context profoundly shaped by legal pluralism and multiple and overlapping spaces of jurisdiction. Comparative case studies offer empirically-based indicators for both regional and more general processes, here called "Mediterranean reconfigurations", e.g. the changing interplay and positioning of individual and institutional actors on different levels in a variety of commercial and legal contexts.
Guillaume Calafat, Ph.D. (2013), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / Università di Pisa, is Associate Professor in Early Modern History at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research interests focus mostly on trade and maritime regulations in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Wolfgang Kaiser, Habilitation (2003), Université Aix-en-Provence is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Mediterranean.