LS/0113 - MODERN HISTORY 1
Academic Year 2020/2021
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- Knowledge of the main events and problems of the Modern Era from the XVI to the XVIII century.
- Ability to successfully deal with different European areas at a synchronic and diachronic level and grasp the similarities and differences that determined the different linguistic and cultural realities.
- Ability to deal with the aforementioned issues using appropriate terminology.
General knowledge and basic notions of the Modern Era are required.
1- Most of the lectures, approximately 20, will be dedicated to the following topics: Europe and the Mediterranean at the beginning of the XVI century; The relationship between Crown and social classes in the Modern Era; The Conquest of America and colonial rule; Religious issues, between reformations, wars and Counter-Reformation; The Political crisis of the XVII century: from the Spanish to the French (with Louis XIV) hegemony in Europe; The English Civil Wars; The Enlightenment and the enlightened princes; The birth of the United States of America; The French Revolution.
2- The second part of the course will be held in the form of monographic lessons. Out of the total 30 lectures, 10 will focus on the Enlightenment, with particular attention to power, religious, scientific and equality problems in the XVIII century.
- The course will be mostly taught in the form of lectures. A historical-geographical Atlas is recommended for the study of the subject.
- Part of the course will be dedicated to seminar activities on the Enlightenment.
Verification of learning
- Oral exam testing the knowledge of the main topics addressed during the course and of the historiographical problems related to the Enlightenment.
- Student can take an optional written midterm exam on some of the topics addressed during the course, namely: Europe and the Mediterranean at the beginning of the 16th century; The relationship between Crown and social classes in the Modern Era; The Conquest of America and colonial rule; Religious issues, between reformations, wars and Counter-Reformations; The Political crisis of the XVII century: from the Spanish to the French (with Louis XIV) hegemony in Europe.
- Students who pass the midterm exam won’t have to discuss the aforementioned topics during the final exam. Marks will be out of 30, where 18 is passed. The final mark of the students who took the midterm exam will be calculated according to the average mark of the two exams: the midterm exam and the oral one.
Both in the written and in the oral exam students should demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of the topics addressed during the course
2. Knowledge of the main characteristics of a historic phenomenon, the ability to place it in its historic context and to make comparisons with other cultural and geographical realities, both European and non-European.
3. The ability to employ specific terminology related to the course subject.
Introduction to Early Modern History:
F. Benigno, L'età moderna. Dalla scoperta dell'America alla Restaurazione, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2005
L. Di Fiore-M. Meriggi, World history. Le nuove rotte della storia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011.
A historical-geographical Atlas of Europe is recommended.
Students who are unable to attend have to arrange a personalized exam schedule with the professor.