Thomas Max Safley

Professor of History
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Thomas Max Safley is Professor of Early Modern European History. A specialist in the economic and social history of early modern Europe, roughly 1450-1750, he has published extensively on the history of marriage and the family, of poverty and charity and of labor and business.

Selected Publications: 

Let No Man Put Asunder: The Control of Marriage in the German Southwest, 1550-1620 (1984).

Charity and Economy in the Orphanages of Early Modern Augsburg (1996).

Matheus Miller's Memoirs: A Merchant's Life in the Seventeenth Century (2000).

Die Aufzeichnungen des Matheus Miller (2003).

Children of the Laboring Poor: Expectation and Experience among the Orphans of Early Modern Augsburg (2005).

Kinder, Karitas und Kapital (2009/2011).

For further publications, consult his History department profile.

Work in Progress: 

He is currently at work on New Studies on the History of Bankruptcy and Bankrutpcy in History (Routledge 2012) and Failure at Idria: Business and Bankruptcy in a Capitalistic Age, which takes as its subject the economic and social history of failure in early modern Europe. 

Forthcoming books include Debito et Obligatio: Debt and Indebtedness in Early Modern Society as well as textbooks on the history of family and household and on economic life in early modern Europe.

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