Thomas Max Safley
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
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.
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.
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.