Medieval History (i+p) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Gian Maria Varanini
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

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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: "An italian town in Middle Ages. The case study of Verona"


1. The Italian city in the late ancient age
2. Material sources for the history of the city
3. Written sources
4. Urban archeology
5. Forms of Christianization; continuity and transformation of the urbs
6. The city walls
7. La Campanea civitatis and the common goods of the cities
8. Outlines of historical demography; sources for the history of the population
9. Verona in the Goth, Lombard and Carolingian age
10. Berengario and Verona
11. Verona in the XI cent.
12. The development of the city in the communal age
13. Towers and houses; different lifestyles
14. The city's economy
15. The Scaliger city
16. The fifteenth-century city
17. The population of Verona in the fifteenth century
18. City and territory from the communal age onwards

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gian Maria Varanini Verona (Edizione 1) Centro italiano di Studi sull'alto medioevo 2019 978-88-6809-260-3

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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