Edoardo Tortarolo - Biography#

Edoardo Tortarolo is a historian and a Professor of early modern history at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy, since 1993. He received his PhD in history from the University of Turin in 1987. He is a permanent fellow of the Academy of the Sciences in Turin and a member of the Italian Committee on Historical Studies. A Humboldt fellow in 1989 and 1990, in 2006 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and in 2010 the Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Italian History at Northwestern University. He was invited to be a visiting professor by the Universität Leipzig (Leibniz Professur, 1997 - 1998), History Department, Northwestern University (2011), School of History, FRIAS-Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2012 - 2013), University Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS), Pavia (2009).

His research interests cover the 18th- and 19th-century intellectual history and the history and theory of historical writing and historical knowledge. He has co-edited the third volume of the Oxford History of historical Writing (2012). He has published more than 100 books, essays, and book chapters since 1979. His latest book is The invention of the free press, Springer 2016. He is writing a book on revolutions in modern history.

Since 1991 he is the main editor of the international scholarly journal Storia della Storiografia (History of Historiography), peer-reviewed and indexed in SCOPUS and ranked A by ERIH.

He has been particularly active within the Comité International des Sciences Historiques (CISH): from 1995 to 2000 he was the secretary general of the Commission de théorie et d'histoire de l'historiographie, affiliated to CISH, from 2010 to 2015 vice-president of the Bureau.

From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Committee for the celebration of the 150° anniversary of the Italian unification (Italia150).

Since 2020 he is the Vice-President of the Scientific Board Foundation Luigi Einaudi, Turin.

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