Dr Anastasia Stouraiti

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Position Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History
Department History
Email a.stouraiti (@gold.ac.uk)
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Dr Anastasia Stouraiti

Anastasia Stouraiti is a cultural historian of the early modern period, specialising in the history of the Republic of Venice and its maritime empire. Her work examines Venetian-Ottoman relations and the impact of Venetian colonialism on metropolitan culture. Her research and teaching interests include the history of political communication, early modern print and visual culture, and the history of the Mediterranean. She has just published a book titled War, Communication, and the Politics of Culture in Early Modern Venice (Cambridge University Press 2023), in which she integrates the history of Venetian empire-building into media history and cultural history.

Her current research project, 'Venice: A New Imperial History', is funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in History, University of Athens 2003
  • MA in History, University of Athens 1998
  • BA in History, University of Athens 1995
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy 2018

Teaching and Supervision

Publications and research outputs


Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2023. War, Communication, and the Politics of Culture in Early Modern Venice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108838443

Edited Book

Infelise, Mario and Stouraiti, Anastasia, eds. 2005. Venezia e la guerra di Morea. Guerra, politica e cultura alla fine del ‘600. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Stouraiti, Anastasia, ed. 2001. Memorie di un ritorno. La guerra di Morea nei manoscritti della Querini Stampalia (1684-1699). Venice: Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia.

Book Section

Stouraiti, Anastasia and Kazamias, Alexander. 2018. "Megali İdea’nın Hayali Topografyaları: Ütopya Olarak Ulusal Topraklar". In: P. Nikiforos Diamandouros; Thaleia Dragonas and Çağlar Keyder, eds. Mekân ve Millet : Yunanistan ve Türkiye'nin Coğrafyalarının Oluşumu, trans. Ebru Kilic. Istanbul: Koç University Press. ISBN 978-605-9389-84-6

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2018. "War, religion and the cultural history of Venice: the case of the Ottoman siege of Corfu (1716)". In: Gerassimos Pagratis, ed. War, State and Society in the Ionian Sea (late 14th - early 19th c.) (in Greek). Athens: Herodotos. ISBN 978-960-485-194-2

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2014. Collecting the Past: Greek Antiquaries and Archaeological Knowledge in the Venetian Empire. In: Dimitris Tziovas, ed. Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 29-46. ISBN 9780199672752

Stouraiti, Anastasia and Kazamias, Alexander. 2010. The Imaginary Topographies of the Megali Idea: National Territory as Utopia. In: Nikiforos Diamandouros; Thalia Dragonas and Caglar Keyder, eds. Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 11-34. ISBN 9781848851313

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2010. Lutto e mimesi. Due aspetti della nostalgia imperiale nella Repubblica di Venezia. In: Rolf Petri, ed. Nostalgia. Memoria e passaggi tra le sponde dell'Adriatico. Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, pp. 91-105.

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2010. 'The construction of knowledge in the Venetian island books' (in Greek). In: George Tolias, ed. The Aegean Sea: Cartography and History, 15th – 17th century. Athens: MIET, pp. 45-59. ISBN 9789602504451

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2007. Geografie del trauma e politiche di lutto: racconti sulla perdita delle Isole Ionie a Venezia. In: K.A. Dimadis, ed. The Greek World between the Age of Enlightenment and the Twentieth Century. 2 Athens: Ellinika Grammata, pp. 159-168. ISBN 9789601900780

Petri, Rolf and Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2007. Raummetaphern der Rückständigkeit: Die Levante und der Mezzogiorno in italienischen Identitätsdiskursen der Neuzeit. In: B. Schenk and M. Winkler, eds. Der Süden. Neue Perspektiven auf eine europäische Geschichtsregion. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, pp. 151-174. ISBN 978-3-593-38452-8

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2005. Una storia della guerra: Pietro Garzoni e il suo archivio. In: Mario Infelise and Anastasia Stouraiti, eds. Venezia e la guerra di Morea. Guerra, politica e cultura alla fine del ‘600. Milan: Franco Angeli, pp. 242-270. ISBN 8846463501


Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2022. Paths Not Taken: Imperial Legacies and Diasporic Imagination in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean. The Historical Journal, 65(3), pp. 830-833. ISSN 0018-246X

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2020. Review of "A Short History of Western Ideology: A Critical Account" by Rolf Petri (London: Bloomsbury, 2018). Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 22(2), pp. 281-282. ISSN 1944-8953

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2020. Marvels of the Levant: Print Media and the Politics of Wonder in Early Modern Venice. History Workshop Journal, 90, pp. 25-51. ISSN 1363-3554

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2019. The woman of Candia: gender, monstrous birth and printed news in the aftermath of the Cretan War (1645-69). Cretica Chronica, 39, pp. 381-408. ISSN 0454-5206

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2016. Printing empire: visual culture and the imperial archive in seventeenth-century Venice. The Historical Journal, 59(3), pp. 635-668. ISSN 0018-246X

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2013. Talk, script and print: the making of island books in early modern Venice. Historical Research, 86(232), pp. 207-229. ISSN 1468-2281

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2012. Colonial encounters, local knowledge and the making of the cartographic archive in the Venetian Peloponnese. European Review of History / Revue européenne d'histoire, 19(4), pp. 491-514. ISSN 1350-7486

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2012. Review of Orientalism in Early Modern France: Eurasian Trade, Exoticism, and the Ancien Régime by Ina Baghdiantz McCabe (Oxford-New York: Berg, 2008). Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 14(4), pp. 468-469. ISSN 1944-8953

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2011. Review of Trading places: the Netherlandish merchants in early modern Venice by Maartje van Gelder (Leiden: Brill, 2009). The Economic History Review, 64(3), pp. 1049-1050. ISSN 0013-0117

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2008. Review of Stuart Clark, Vanities of the Eye: Vision in Early Modern European Culture (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007). European Review of History / Revue Européenne d’Histoire, 15(5), pp. 551-552. ISSN 1350-7486

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2003. Costruendo un luogo della memoria: Lepanto. Storia di Venezia - Rivista, 1, pp. 65-88.

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2002. Propaganda figurata: geometrie di dominio e ideologie veneziane nelle carte di Vincenzo Coronelli. Studi veneziani, 44, pp. 129-155.

Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2002. Tra le ragioni di una sconfitta. Una relazione inedita sulla guerra di Candia (1662). Archivio veneto, 159, pp. 117-140.

Exhibition Catalogue

Marasso, Laura and Stouraiti, Anastasia. 2001. Immagini dal mito. La guerra di Morea 1684-1699 nelle raccolte della Querini Stampalia.

Further profile content

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Centre for the Study of the Balkans

Grants and awards

2020: British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship Award

2016: Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Grant

2016: Fritz Thyssen Foundation Small Research Grant

2014: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

2011: British Academy Small Research Grant

2007: Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute, Florence

2006: Research Grant, Greek State Scholarships Foundation - Department of History, Ionian University of Corfu

2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University