SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Ettore Morelli

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Ettore Morelli
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Ettore Morelli
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 and by email appointment


I studied History at the University of Milan (BA), the University of Pisa (MA) and the Scuola Normale of Pisa (Diploma). I took my PhD in History at SOAS. Over the years I have been working on the Italian state-led oil company during Fascism, the Anglo-Boer War, colonial Lesotho, Portuguese and Dutch colonialism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Renaissance geography, the plantation complex and the Atlantic slave trade, missionary history. My main research focus, however, is the history of the Southern African Highveld between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century. I study African political institutions and political thought, rituals, warfare, slavery, urbanism and settlements, tales and traditions. I am currently working on my first book, based on the PhD thesis.


‘“Have you ever captured anything for your parents?” War, captivity, and slavery on the precolonial Southern African Highveld’, c.1800-71, Journal of African History, 60, 1 (2019), 46-65.