Medieval History (i+p) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Gian Maria Varanini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The goal of the advanced course of Medieval History is to guide the student to critical analysis of historical sources and to develop his ability to analyze a historical problem in its complexity. The theme chosen is as follows: "The rural life in italian Middle Ages. Society, environment, economy"


. The history of agrarian historiography in Italy in the twentieth century
2. Sources and methods for the history of Italian agriculture in the Middle Ages
3. The great environmental crisis of the Italian high Middle Ages
4. The economy of the forest
5. Large company and small peasant property
6. Specialist crops in the early Middle Ages: viticulture
7. Specialist crops in the early Middle Ages: olive growing.
8. Agricultural development after the year one thousand
9. The expansion of cultivated spaces at the time of great economic development
10. The colonization of the Alps
11. Documentary sources for the history of the countryside
12. Peasant society: homogeneity and social hierarchies
13. Settlement characteristics of rural villages. From the settlement centered on the scattered settlement
14. Social and political life of the rural villages of the Po Valley
15. Circulation of products: trade development (viticulture, olive growing)
16. From the oral to the writing: statutes, normative texts
17. From oral to writing; the modification of agricultural contracts
18. Towards the modern age

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Alfio Cortonesi, Massimo Montanari, Antonella Nelli Contratti agrari e rapporti di lavoro nell'Europa medievale CLUEB 2006 9788849126143

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. The student must be able to critically expose his / her assessment of some problems in the political, social, cultural and economic history of the Italian rural world in the Middle Ages. The evaluation can take into account written texts produced during the course.
Knowledge of the volume "Agricultural contracts and labor relations in medieval Europe" [Contratti agrari e rapporti di lavoro nell'Europa medievale] edited by Montanari, Cortonesi and Nelli) is expected, as well as a textbook that will be promptly made available by the teacher. Non-attending students will have to agree on an additional reading.

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