Early Modern History (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Gian Paolo Romagnani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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Language of instruction
CuCi IIA dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Within the three-year degree courses in Humanities and Philosophy, the teaching of history is of fundamental importance to provide the spatial-temporal coordinates within which different civilizations have developed, not only in Europe. Modern history, in particular, proposes itself as a discipline of "context" to understand the profound transformations of the world between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. At the end of the course the student will have to know the main developments of European political, social and intellectual history from the end of the 15th to the first half of the 19th century.

The historical approach, based on research, examination and criticism of the sources and their interpretation (susceptible to different solutions) is an ineliminable 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) enucleandone the interpretative key, aware that the interpretations of historical facts can also be very different from each other, but must all be based on a proper examination of the sources.


Introductory form: Introduction to old European companies
The course will cover the following topics:
1. The work of the historian
2. The many dimensions of modernity
3. Living spaces and the rural world
4. The city and the world of work
5. The bourgeois classes and the origins of capitalism
6. The European nobility
7. Sovereignty and political power
8. Justice and taxation in the old regime
9. Wars and armies
10. Poverty, crime and social control
11. The religious dimension
12. Figures and spaces of culture
13. Education and education

Adopting all teaching methods compatible with the current health emergency situation the course will take place if possible in presence, otherwise at a distance through lessons recorded on the Panopto platform and streaming lessons on the platform Zoom (lessons of general history with slides to download, monographic lessons, possible seminars) the course aims to provide the essential elements to understand the reality and dynamics of European societies of ancient regime (sec. XVI-XVIII) through a series of framework lessons dedicated to the main institutional and social aspects of the modern world. By addressing a particular monographic theme, students will then be able to overcome manual simplifications.

Texts for the exam.
Introductory Form 6CFU (two volumes):
a.1. A historical summary of the great themes of modern history: G. P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime ( XVI-XVIII secolo), Roma, Carocci, 2018
a.2. A good university textbook of modern history. Suggested texts: G. Ricuperati, F. Ieva, Manuale di storia moderna, Torino, Utet, 2012; or F. Benigno, L'età moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2005

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. P. Romagnani La società di antico regime ( XVI-XVIII secolo) (Edizione 5) Carocci 2018
F. Benigno L’età moderna. Dalla scoperta dell’America alla Restaurazione Laterza 2005 9788842078036 TESTO A SCELTA IN ALTERNATIVA CON RICUPERATI, IEVA
G. Ricuperati, F. Ieva Manuale di storia moderna Utet 2012 TESTO A SCELTA IN ALTERNATIVA CON BENIGNO

Assessment methods and criteria

To pass the first part of the exam requires: a) a good basic knowledge of European history between 1453 and 1815; b) the ability to interpret the main moments of transformation at the economic, social, political-institutional level, cultural; c) the ability to analyze and contextualize a historical document; d) the ability to understand, compare and critically analyze the different narratives/ interpretations that historians have provided historical events.

Examination sessions are defined as:
1. The autumn session (September)
2. The winter session (January-February)
3. Summer session (June-July)

There is no difference in approach to the exam between attending and non-attending students.