Karin Pallaver is Associate Professor of African History at the Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna. Her research interests lie in the social and economic history of 19th-century and early colonial East Africa, with special reference to pre-colonial and colonial currencies. She has recently edited the volume “Monetary Transitions: Currencies, Colonialism and African Societies” (Palgrave 2022).
Her most memorable paycheck: During summer holidays when I was 11, a family friend asked my parents if I could help in his toy shop. My task was to rearrange and dust the shelves. I was proud and happy — it was like playing with new toys all the time! With my first paycheck of 100,000 lira, I bought presents: a checkered tablecloth for my mother, a tape of a famous Italian songwriter for my father, and for me my first guitar.