Medieval History (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Gian Maria Varanini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.
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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the introductory course of Medieval History is shared with the other courses of the historical area. The aim is to enable the student to critically evaluate a historical testimony by placing it in the spatial and temporal coordinates of the European Middle Ages. At the end of the course the student must be able to know the fundamental lines of development of European medieval civilization. It should also be able to independently assess the meaning of historical events and to communicate facts and ideas clearly.


The introductory course of Medieval History consists of illustrating the main aspects of the political, social, cultural, economic, religious and cultural evolution of the European West from the 4th to the 15th centuries.The didactic approach is predominantly the traditional lecture (taught lessons).
Lesson Topics
The late ancient crisis; The barbarian kingdoms; The Christianization of Europe; The carolingian empire; the early medieval economy; Europe in the Xth century; The economic and social expansion of Europe in the 11th and subsequent centuries; Rural lordship and European campaigns; e Urban development and the Italian Commune; The reform of the Church; The twelfth century; Affirmation and crisis of universal powers; Apogee and crisis of the Holy Roman Empire; The affirmation of national monarchies; The crisis of the common Italian; The crisis of universal powers and the great schism; The regional state in Italy.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Giuseppe Sergi L'idea di medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune (Edizione 2) Donzelli 2005 978-88-7989-936-9 Gli studenti non frequentati devono concordare con il docente una lettura aggiuntiva.
Andrea Zorzi Manuale di Storia medievale (Edizione 1) Utet Università 2016 978-88-6008-408-8 E' possibile su richiesta concordare l'uso di un altro manuale.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will take place in oral form. The student will have to demonstrate the ability to clearly illustrate three arguments proposed to him, and he will have to correctly locate each problem or event in space and time. It will also have to prove to be familiar with the historical sources useful to the knowledge of these problems or events.
Examination will be awarded an evaluation in 30/30. Examination methods are identical for attending and non-attending students