Afro-Eurasia (1205-1533 CE)
All EHM datasets
This app, based on the 7 Aristotelian circumstances, allows to search text content in all EHM datasets
The Morosini Codex (1095-1433 CE)
© Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Codd. 6586-6587
The world of Venice in early-fifteenth century
Genoese World Map (1457 CE)
© Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (Portolano 1)
Afro-Eurasia as seen from Genoa in mid-fifteenth century
Fra Mauro’s World Map (1460 CE)
© Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Inv. 106173)
Afro-Eurasia as seen from Venice in mid-fifteenth century
Marco Polo, The Description of the World
© Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Ms. Fr. 1116
A thirteenth-century global ethnography
The Castle of Modon (Peloponnese, Greece)
© Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports
The heritage of Venetian Period (1205-1500 & 1685-1715)
F. G. Martini’s Treatise of Architecture
© Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenzia (Codice Ash361)
Manuscript with notes and drawings by L. da Vinci
Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu (1348-1644 CE)
© Geoffrey Wade, National University of Singapore Press
English translation of the passages relevant to the history of Southeast Asia
Coron and Modon (13th-15th cent.)
© Venice, Archivio di Stato di Venezia
Virtual reconstruction of the archives of the Venetian territories of Coron and Modon (13 th -15 th centuries)
Edrisi’s World Map (12th cent.)
© Konrad Miller 1928
The map (Tabula Rogeriana) is based on the book (Kitab Rujar) commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to Mohammed al-Idrisi in 1138
Ibn Battuta’s Travels (1325-1354 CE)
© Hakluyt Society
The account of the travels of Ibn Battuta in Africa and Asia
Map of Imola (1473-1502 CE)
© Windsor (Royal Library, 12284r)
Map of the town of Imola (Italy) by Danesio Maineri (1473) with additions and notes by L. da Vinci (1502)
Chronicles of Imola (till 1582 CE)
© BIM and AISA.
Chronicles of the city of Imola (Italy) from the origins until 1582 (16th-17th cent. Mss.)
Malay Annals (till 1511 CE)
© Singapore National Library Board
Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu, NLB, Ms. Raffles no. 18, dated 1612) transl. by C. C. Brown (1952)
Byzantina Marsiliana (17th-18th cent.)
© Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria
L. F. Marsili’s and Byzantium (selection of BUB, cod. 1044, mss. 1-146)

Engineering Historical Memory (since 2007)

Dr Andrea Nanetti first theorized Engineering Historical Memory (EHM) as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007. EHM is an ongoing research project that aims to develop and experiment aggregation apps for the (re)organisation and delivery of global historical knowledge in the digital age. EHM uses pre-modern Afro-Eurasia (1205-1533) as a case study for interactive global histories. Currently Dr Nanetti runs EHM in LIBER (Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Bookish and Experimental Research), which is a laboratory that he established at the School of Art, Design and Media of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU-ADM) in January 2019, and since then he is its Director. At NTU Singapore the laboratory is run in collaboration with the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU-SPMS), the School of Computer Science and Engineering (NTU-SCSE). For more information (in English), on the research project in which this digital exploration was born, reference can be made to an article published online on NTU Singapore Pushing Frontiers Magazine. The project was reviewed on the Microsoft Research Blog “because of its unique and successful interdisciplinary collaboration” (Winnie Cui), and on PLOS for its open-society and non-commercial perspective.

The current focus of the project is to develop and test tools (technologies and processes) that can be readily adopted by all users to visualize high volumes of data through maps, timelines, tag clouds, and/or interconnected graphs on different scales. The aim is to overcome the linguistic and cultural obstacles of historical research in a transcultural (re)reading of primary sources and secondary literature for the pre-modern history of Afro-Eurasia (1205-1533). Together, the results of these research practices provide tools and solutions to facilitate, in the study of historical big data, the transition from top-down approaches (based on the application of theories) to modelling based on agents and mathematical and algorithmic simulations directly related to the data of primary sources. This approach provides scholars with visualisations of multilingual and multimodal databases of primary sources and secondary literature to more quickly and more thoroughly penetrate the fundamentals of previously accumulated knowledge of places, people, things, and events in the historical landscape. The project shows how historiographies and cartographies developed by different cultures in various languages can together shed light on the Afro-Eurasian continent, its people, their interactions along intercontinental communication networks by sea and by land, as they were first identified by the German geographer Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen (1833-1905) in his magnum opus China (1877-1912).