Thomas Safley

Thomas Safley, Ph.D

Professor of History

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 histories of marriage and the family, poverty and charity and labor and business.  He is currently at work on Family Firms and Family Fortunes in a Capitalistic Age: The Rise and Fall of the Höchstetters of Augsburg, which takes as its subject the economic and social history of failure in early modern Europe.  Forthcoming books also include A Cultural History of Work, Vol. III: The Early Modern Age, 1450-1650, Industrial Labor before the Industrial Revolution: An Ecological Approach and Mercury and Modernization.