EARLY MODERN HISTORY

Teachers: 
Credits: 
6
Year of erogation: 
2021/2022
Unit Coordinator: 
Disciplinary Sector: 
MODERN HISTORY
Semester: 
Second semester
Year of study: 
1
Language of instruction: 

Italian

Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course the student will be able to: a) contextualize the major historical events of the modern age in the more general framework of political, economic, social and cultural life of early modern Europe in its interrelations with non-European countries; b ) demonstrate awareness of the complexity of the roots of contemporary Europe c) apply the knowledge gained to critical analysis and interpretation of historical sources and iconography relating to the events studied.

Prerequisites

Basic cognitive requirements

Course contents summary

The course consists of a critical overview of main issues and problems of the early modern age, from discovery of America at the age of Revolutions.

Course contents

The course consists of a critical overview of main issues and problems of the early modern age, from discovery of America at the age of Revolutions. After a methodological introduction to the study of the discipline, the course aims to offer students an overview of the main problematic issues related to the modern age focusing attention with a comparative cut on the political, social, cultural and economic phenomena that characterized the path towards modernity. With the help of written and iconographic sources, the following macro-themes will be addressed for the period between the second half of the fifteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century: periodization, the measurement of time, the society and the environment, consumption and trade networks, work and slavery, migration, the emergence of capitalism, wars and violence, the forms of the sacred, communication. During the course will be presented and commented on the texts y for the oral exam.

Recommended readings

- One UD among blended course on Elly

- A book among the following:
- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010
- P. Burke, Testimoni oculari. Il significato storico delle immagini, Roma, Carocci, 2002

- A second book among the following:
- L. Roscioni, La badessa di Castro. Storia di uno scandalo, Bologna , il Mulino, 2017

Teaching methods

Lectures with reading and commenting on texts and sources.
The course will also be offered in a blended way on the distance learning platform called Elly.

Assessment methods and criteria

During final exam the student must 1) demonstrate the acquired ability to critically analyze a textual source or iconographic studied on UD chosen
2) disclose in a reasoned and critical way the topics covered in the methodological and historiographical texts.
The final grade is formulated considering the whole exposure.