Giovanna Motta is a Full Professor of Modern History at Sapienza University of Rome. Her research deals with the processes of transformation of European society, with particular attention on the modernization of the economy in the Flemish area, Mediterranean dynamics, social mobility, and gender history. She studied in Florence and Paris, and has directed numerous interdisciplinary research projects within an international environment and coordinated the PhD programme “History of Europe” at Sapienza University of Rome. Her recent publications include Nell’Europa dell’ età moderna: Memoria collettiva e ricerca storica (2013); Empires and Nations from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (2014); L’imperatore dei francesi e l’Europa napoleonica (2014); and La moda contiene la storia e ce la racconta puntualmente (2015).Antonello Biagini is a Full Professor of Eastern European History and the Deputy Rector for the General Affairs of Sapienza University of Rome. He has served as a member of the Italian National Research Council and a consultant of the Historical Office of the Italian Army General Staff. He holds honorary degrees from Petru Maior University of Târgu Mureș, the State University of Szeged, and Dagestan State University. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Storia dell’Albania dalle origini al giorni nostri (1998); Storia della Turchia contemporanea (2002); Storia della Romania contemporanea (2004); Storia dell’Ungheria contemporanea (2006); Empires and Nations from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (2014); and Libia 1911-2015. Dalla Quarta sponda alla minaccia del Califfato (2015).