Georg Christ

Georg Christ


  • Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern History, History (L5)
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2012- Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester

2008-2012 Research Group Leader, group 'Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1250-1450)', Transcultural Studies, Universität Heidelberg (associated with Graduate School MathComp, founding member Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE); founder and coordinator of Methods and Application Collegium (MAK)

2006-2008  UN military observer in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO). Deputy chief Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) at HQ Jerusalem. Awarded Head of Mission Commendation.

2002-2006  PhD Universität Basel; research in Venice, Cairo, Alexandria

2001  Lic. phil. hist. in history, economics and islamic studies

Lt Col GS, Staff Ter Div 4 (Swiss Army)

Research interests

  • Trade embargoes in comparative perspective 1200-1400)
  • Trading diasporas in the late medieval and early modern eastern Mediterranean, Mamluk history
  • Climate change and processes of adaption in the late Middle Ages
  • News- and knowledge management in the late medieval and early modern period
  • Digital humanities

Supervision information

Supervision areas

I supervise theses on many different topics, among others:

  • Eastern Mediterranean (medieval and early modern), including Venice and the Venetian domains
  • Middle East (Mamluks, Ottomans, modern Israel/Palestine)
  • Hanseatic league
  • Economic and business history (medieval and early modern) incl. history of wine
  • History of knowledge management
  • Military and naval history

Current PhD students

  • G. Watson ‘War, Wealth and God’s Will: The Order of Saint Stephen at the intersection of Crusade and Commerce in the Late Sixteenth Century’C. Nevell 'The New Learning: A Study of the Impact of the Reformation on Schools of Tudor England'
  • L. Inglehearn Ambler 'Models of Communal Life and Lessons from a Cook in the Fourteenth-Century Low Countries'
  • O. Takao, 'Scotland-Baltic Trade in the Early Modern Period' President’s doctoral scholar award (PDS)

Completed PhD supervisions

  • C. Coull 'Authenticity, Endurance and Fragility: Indian and Egyptian Stone in the Nineteenth Century Scholarly Mind'
  • S. Locatelli, 'The Origins of the Florin (13th c.)' (ESRC, PDS)(2018)
  • H. Robb, 'Monetizing the Family: The Role of Micro-Credit in a Late Fifteenth Century Northern English Town'(AHRC, PDS)(2019)
    J. Lotze, 'Speaking the Languages of the Khan: Translation and Mongol Legacy in Early Ming China (1368-1453)' (PDS)(2017)
  • F.J. Morche, 'Profit and Commitment. Economic Agency Relations in Venetian Mediterranean Trade, 1350-1450', Univ. Heidelberg (2013).
  • T. Sartore, 'Latin Rhodes and European Malta: Two Fortress-Islands at the Borders of the Western World', Univ. Heidelberg (2013).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • D111 Medieval History
  • History of the Eastern Medterranean
  • Mamluk Egypt, Syria, Palestine
  • CD921 Archives
  • Palaeography
  • DG Italy
  • Venice
  • Adriatic
  • D204 Modern History
  • Early Modern
  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • Middle East (Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • Business and trade history
  • U Military Science (General)
  • Military history
  • International & security organisations (UN, military)
  • V Naval Science (General)
  • Naval History
  • Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
  • Palaeography
  • Z665 Library Science. Information Science
  • History of Knowledge Management
  • Intelligence (military)
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • Merchant and military diasporas, Venice overseas
  • DS Asia
  • Medieval Red Sea trade, Maritime Silk Road
  • JZ International relations
  • Freedom of movement
  • empire
  • city state
  • DT Africa
  • Mamluk Empire
  • Egypt

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Creative Manchester


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