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Riello, Giorgio

Works: 50 works in 242 publications in 4 languages and 6,819 library holdings
Genres: History  Diaries  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Other
Classifications: HD9870.5, 338.4767721
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Giorgio Riello
How India clothed the world : the world of South Asian textiles, 1500-1850 by Giorgio Riello( )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cotton : the fabric that made the modern world by Giorgio Riello( Book )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Today's world textile and garment trade is valued at a staggering $425 billion. We are told that under the pressure of increasing globalisation, it is India and China that are the new world manufacturing powerhouses. However, this is not a new phenomenon: until the industrial revolution, Asia manufactured great quantities of colourful printed cottons that were sold to places as far afield as Japan, West Africa and Europe. Cotton explores this earlier globalised economy and its transformation after 1750 as cotton led the way in the industrialisation of Europe. By the early nineteenth century, India, China and the Ottoman Empire switched from world producers to buyers of European cotton textiles, a position that they retained for over two hundred years. This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe"--
Shoes : a history from sandals to sneakers by Giorgio Riello( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anyone who has ever shopped for a pair of shoes--especially anyone who does so with a passion--knows that shoes are much more than functional objects. From the sneaker to the stiletto, shoes have become potent signifiers of gender, class, personality, taste, and even politics. This lavishly illustrated work recounts the history of shoes with entertaining essays that cover everything from the eroticism of ancient shoe lacing, medieval fears about long-toed shoes, and the role of shoes in religious ritual to the infamous Chopine with a 23-inch heel and the modern cult of shoe designers. With 170 color photos and 30 black and white illustrations, the essays will entertain and inform casual shoe shoppers and fashionistas alike
Global design history( )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Italian and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Globalism is often discussed using abstract terms, such as 'networks' or 'flows' and usually in relation to recent history. Global Design History moves us past this limited view of globalism, broadening our sense of this key term in history and theory. Individual chapters focus our attention on objects, and the stories they can tell us about cultural interactions on a global scale. They place these concrete things into contexts, such as trade, empire, mediation, and various forms of design practice."--Jacket
The fashion history reader : global perspectives by Giorgio Riello( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an innovative work that provides a broad introduction to the complex literature in the fields of fashion studies, and dress and fashion history. The book connects a diverse range of approaches and incorporates non-Western literature within better-known studies from Europe and North America
Luxury : a rich history by Peter McNeil( Book )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in a world obsessed by luxury. Long-distance airlines compete to offer first-class 'sleeping experiences' and hotels recommend exclusive suites where you are never disturbed. Luxury is a rapidly changing global industry that makes the headlines daily in our newspapers and on the internet. More than ever, luxury is a pervasive presence in the cultural and economic life of the West - and increasingly too in the emerging economies of Asia and Latin America. Yet luxury is hardly a new phenomenon. Today's obsession with luxury brands and services is just one of the many manifestations that luxury has assumed. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, for example, luxury was linked to notions of magnificence and courtly splendour. In the eighteenth century, luxury was at the centre of philosophical debates over its role in shaping people's desires and oiling the wheels of commerce. And it continues to morph today, with the growth of the global super-rich and increasing wealth polarization. From palaces to penthouses, from courture fashion to lavish jewellery, from handbags to red wine, from fast cars to easy money, Peter McNeil and Giorgio Riello present the first ever global history of luxury, from first-century Romans to twenty-first-century Russian oligarchs: a sparkling and ever-changing story of extravagance, excess, novelty, and indulgence. -- from dust jacket
The spinning world : a global history of cotton textiles, 1200-1850( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cotton textiles were the first good to achieve a truly global reach. For many centuries muslins and calicoes from the Indian subcontinent were demanded in the trading worlds of the Indian Ocean and the eastern Mediterranean. After 1500, new circuits of exchange were developed. Of these, the early-modern European craze for Indian calicoes and the huge nineteenth-century export trade in Lancashire goods, and subsequent deindustrialization of the Indian subcontinent, are merely thebest known. These episodes, although of great importance, far from exhaust the story of cotton. They are well known because of the enormous research energy that has been devoted to them, but other important elements of cotton's long history are deserving of similar attention. The purpose of this collection of essays is to examine the history of cotton textiles at a global level over the period 1200-1850. This volume provides new answers to two questions: what is it about cotton that made it the paradigmatic first global commodity? And second, why did cotton industries in different parts of the world follow different paths of development? Included in this second question is, of course, the problem of the so-called 'great divergence' that suggests that Europe and Asia followed a common path of economic development until the end of the eighteenth century. Cotton textiles have been central in explaining the nature, timing and effects of a 'divergence' in the nineteenth. A volume of this sort is timely for many reasons, not least of which is the growing interest in global history. Textiles remain one of the most important manufactured commodities in debates about economic, social and cultural change across the globe. By adopting a long historical view and a broad geographical viewpoint, this book wishes to avoid a Eurocentric perspective that has long dominated debates over the birth and rise of the cotton textiles industry in Europe. Empirically this book brings together, and adds to, the current state of knowledge on a number of questions related to the history of cotton textiles. The outlines of the cotton industry in medieval and early modern times, whether in southern Europe, central Africa, west Asia or the Indian subcontinent, are known only in the sketchiest of terms. The relationship between cotton textiles and those made from other fibres such as wool, linen, and silk is poorly understood. And there has been awoeful neglect of the cloth made from the great mixtures of cotton and linen, cotton and wool, and cotton and silk, which were mainstays of textile manufacturing from Europe to Bengal. And the long history of commerce and connections between the producers and consumers of cotton textiles in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe remains under-researched. As a consequence, even the Indian trade in cotton textiles and the rise of the Lancashire cotton industry are not fully understood within their larger temporal and regional and global contexts. The volume draws upon papers that were presented at a conference on " held in Padua, Italy, in November 2005 and a workshop on " held at the Fondation des Treilles, France, in March 2006. Both meetings were sponsored and organised by the Global Economic History Network of the London School of Economics and were held in preparationfor Session 59 on " for the XIV International Economic History Association Congress held in Helsinki in late August 2006. Essays included in the volume are authored by 19 scholars from eight different nations, all of whom are specialists in the study of textiles. They are drawn from a range of sub-disciplines within history and bring together their areas and periods of specialization to provide a global history. Therefore, the volume covers a wide variety of approaches
Writing material culture history by Stefan Berger( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writing Material Culture History examines the methodologies currently used in the historical study of material culture. Touching on archaeology, art history, literary studies and anthropology, the book provides history students with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between artefacts and historical narratives. The role of museums, the impact of the digital age and the representations of objects in public history are just some of the issues addressed in a book that brings together key scholars from around the world. A range of artefacts, including a 16th-century Peruvian crown and a 19th-century Alaskan Sea Lion overcoat, are considered, illustrating the myriad ways in which objects and history relate to one another. Bringing together scholars working in a variety of disciplines, this book provides a critical introduction for students interested in material culture, history and historical methodologies"--
The global lives of things : the material culture of connections in the early modern world by Anne Gerritsen( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Global Lives of Things considers the ways in which 'things, ' ranging from commodities, to works of art and precious materials, participated in the shaping of 'globalisation' in the early modern period. This volume traces the movements of objects through human networks of commerce, colonialism and curiosity. It argues that material objects mediated between the forces of global economic exchange and the constantly changing identities of individuals, as they were drawn into global circuits"--Provided by publisher
Global gifts : the material culture of diplomacy in early modern Eurasia by Zoltán Biedermann( Book )

15 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global gifts and the material culture of diplomacy in early modern Eurasia / Zoltán Biedermann, Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello -- Portraits, turbans and cuirasses : material exchange between Mantua and the Ottomans at the end of the fifteenth century / Antonia Gatward Cevizli -- A silken diplomacy : Venetian luxury gifts for the Ottoman Empire in the late Renaissance / Luca Molà -- Diplomatic ivories : Sri Lankan caskets and the Portuguese-Asian exchange in the sixteenth century / Zoltán Biedermann -- Objects of prestige and spoils of war : Ottoman objects in the Habsburg networks of gift giving in the sixteenth century / Barbara Karl -- The diplomatic agency of art between Goa and Persia : Archbishop Friar Aleixo de Meneses and Shah 'Abbās I in the early seventeenth century / Carla Alferes Pinto -- Dutch diplomacy and trade in Rariteyten : episodes in the history of material culture of the Dutch Republic / Claudia Swan -- Gifts for the shogun : the Dutch East India Company, global networks and Tokugawa Japan / Adam Clulow -- "From his Holiness to the King of China" : gifts, diplomacy and Jesuit evangelization / Mary Laven -- "With great pomp and magnificence" : royal gifts and the embassies between Siam and France in the late seventeenth century / Giorgio Riello -- Coercion and the gift : art, jewels and the body in British diplomacy in colonial India / Natasha Eaton
A foot in the past : consumers, producers and footwear in the long eighteenth century by Giorgio Riello( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The right to dress : sumptuary laws in a global perspective, c. 1200-1800 by Giorgio Riello( )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first global history of dress regulation and its place in broader debates around how human life and societies should be visualised and materialised. Sumptuary laws were a tool on the part of states to regulate not only manufacturing systems and moral economies via the medium of expenditure and consumption of clothing but also banquets, festivities and funerals. Leading scholars on Asian, Latin American, Ottoman and European history shed new light on how and why items of dress became key aspirational goods across society, how they were lobbied for and marketed, and whether or not sumptuary laws were implemented by cities, states and empires to restrict or channel trade and consumption. Their findings reveal the significance of sumptuary laws in medieval and early modern societies as a site of contestation between individuals and states and how dress as an expression of identity developed as a modern 'human right'."--
Threads of global desire : silk in the pre-modern world by Dagmar Schäfer( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silk has long been a global commodity that, because of its exceptional qualities, high value and relative portability, came to be traded over very long distances. Similarly, the silk industry - from sericulture to the weaving of cloth - was one of the most important fields of production in the medieval and early modern world. The production and consumption of silks spread from China to Japan and Korea and travelled westward as far as India, Persia and the Byzantine Empire, Europe, Africa and the Americas. As contributors to this book demonstrate, in this process of diffusion silk fostered technological innovation and allowed new forms of organization of labour to emerge. Its consumption constantly reshaped social hierarchies, gender roles, aesthetic and visual cultures, as well as rituals and representations of power. 'Threads of Global Desire' is the first attempt at considering a global history of silk in the pre-modern era. The book examines the role of silk production and use in various cultures and its relation to everyday and regulatory practices. It considers silk as a major force of cross cultural interaction through technological exchange and trade in finished and semi-finished goods. Silks mediated design and a taste for luxuries and were part of gifting practices in diplomatic and private contexts. Silk manufacturing also fostered the circulation of skilled craftsmen, connecting different centres and regions across continents and linking the countryside to urban production
Global economic history( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What are the problems addressed by the growing field of global economic history? What debates and methodologies doesit engage with? In 'Global economic history,' Roy and Riello, alongside 20 leading academics, explain why a global perspective matters to economic history. The authors cover an ambitious number of topics, from the Great Divergence to the rise of global finance, to the New World and the global silver economy. Chapters are organized both thematically (Divergence in Global History and Emergence of a World Economy), and geographically (Regional Perspectives on Global Economic Change), to provide the global perspective required by this challenging field of study. The result is a textbook that provides students with a quick and confident grasp of global economic history and its key issues." --
Breve historia de la moda : desde la Edad Media hasta la actualidad by Giorgio Riello( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in Spanish and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una visión cercana y contemporánea contada de manera magnífica en esta deliciosa obra que se inicia en la época medieval y acaba en la moda globalizada actual, y a la que acompañan las espléndidas ilustraciones de Lara Costafreda. (GG)
La moda : una storia dal Medioevo a oggi by Giorgio Riello( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in Italian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moda : storia e storie by Elisa Tosi Brandi( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catherine Exley's diary : the life and times of an army wife in the Peninsular War by Catherine Exley( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global economic history( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scarpe : dal sandalo antico alla calzatura d'alta moda( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Shoes : a history from sandals to sneakers
Shoes : a history from sandals to sneakersGlobal design historyThe fashion history reader : global perspectivesThe spinning world : a global history of cotton textiles, 1200-1850A foot in the past : consumers, producers and footwear in the long eighteenth century
Alternative Names
Риелло, Джорджио, 1974-

English (179)

Italian (14)

Spanish (8)

Chinese (2)