This project brings Sephardic Jewish traders and their networks into mainstream history of the late-eighteenth and
early-nineteenth century Mediterranean region. In the Mediterranean, Christianity met Islam, imperial trajectories
were tested and adapted, and national identities were formed in competition with others. Sephardic Jewish traders
were central to these processes. This project creates transformative narratives of the histories of imperialism,
Jewish traders, and the Mediterranean: it links early-modern Sephardic Jewish networks with the place of Jews in
colonial systems, and imperialism with the colonial world. In this way, it transforms our understanding of the
processes behind current events in our globalised world.