Early Modern History (i+p) (2018/2019)

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Gian Paolo Romagnani
Other available courses
Other available courses
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 M-STO/02-MODERN HISTORY Sem. 2A Gian Paolo Romagnani
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 M-STO/02-MODERN HISTORY Sem. 2B Gian Paolo Romagnani

Learning outcomes

The historical approach, based on research, on the examination and criticism of the sources and their interpretation (susceptible to different solutions) is an unavoidable moment not only of the humanistic disciplines, but of all knowledge.
At the end of the course the student will have to demonstrate to be able to critically examine a source and to critically interpret a text of history (also the manual) enucleating the interpretative key, aware that the interpretations of historical facts can also be very different from each other. , but they must all be based on a correct examination of the sources.
By adopting complementary teaching methods (general history lessons, monographic lectures, seminar meetings, source analysis workshop) the course aims to provide the essential elements for understanding the reality and dynamics of European societies of ancient regimes (XVI-XVIII centuries) ) through a series of framework lessons dedicated to the main institutional and social aspects of the modern world. Facing a particular theme with a monographic character, the students will then be able to overcome the simplifications of manuals (producers of unwitting stereotypes) and the historiographical clichés, verifying the most familiar interpretative schemes on the sources and texts.


General part: Introduction to the history of Europe in the modern age (1st module i)
To overcome the first part of the exam we need: a) a good basic knowledge of European history between 1453 and 1815; b) the ability to interpret the main moments of transformation at an economic, social, political-institutional, cultural level; c) the ability to analyze and contextualise a historical document.

Monographic part: The seventeenth century of contrasts (2nd module p)
To overcome the second part of the exam, it is necessary to deepen a research path related to a theme of the history of the modern age (in this case the history of the seventeenth century) through the reading of a historiographic text of which we must to know not only the content, but the sources from which it was written, the cultural and political context in which it was conceived, recognizing the author as a historian who bears a personal methodology and consequently a key to interpreting historical events .

Assessment methods and criteria

Written admission test and subsequent oral examination (only for those who have passed the written test), to be held in the same exam session, also in the context of two different appeals.
The written admission test, consisting of five open questions (one of historiographical character, one on the social and institutional dynamics of the modern age and one each on the three centuries object of study), will focus above all on the general part and on the knowledge of the main facts historical events occurred in the XVI-XVIII centuries, as well as on their historiographical classification (that is on the different possible interpretations of each one); the written test is aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the general history and the ability of the student to apply logical arguments to the various proposed problems.
The oral interview focuses on the monographic part and on the in-depth readings and aims to ascertain the student's ability to read a book critically, not limiting himself to the summary, but identifying the historiographical implications (which is the author, from which training he sources is based his research, such as his interpretative theses). The oral exam is also aimed at verifying.
- The property of language
- Analytical and argumentative skills
- The ability to make connections between different themes
- The ability to formulate new problems starting from the readings made

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Muto La crisi del Seicento, in Storia moderna Donzelli 1998 pp. 249-272
G. P. Romagnani La società di antico regime ( XVI-XVIII secolo) (Edizione 5) Carocci 2018
P. Burke L’età barocca, in Storia moderna Donzelli 1998 pp. 229-248
G. Ricuperati, F. Ieva Manuale di storia moderna Utet 2012
F. Benigno Ripensare la “crisi del Seicento” in “Storica”, II, 5, 1996, pp. 7-52 Donzelli 1996
F. Benigno Specchi della rivoluzione, revisionismi storiografici a confronto, in “Storica”, 2, 1995, pp. 7-54 Donzelli 1995
C. Capra Storia moderna (1492-1848) Le Monnier 2004