The course aimed at providing students with appropriate instruments of analysis,allowing them to understand the main economic problems of the European history from the Middle Ages onwards. The main themes were:the Italian and European development from the beginning of the Feudal age to the XV century;the European expansion and the consequent shift in the balance of power during the Modern Age and the industrial revolution in England.
C. M. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Europa pre-industriale, il Mulino, Bologna. Any edition after 1994 is accepted.
3 or 4 days before the final exam, a 2-3 page review of a book (selected by the teacher) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the year 2018-2019 the book is: "Lunedì chomincerà lo Schiavo a vendemiare". Tracce di vino nelle carte e sui colli pratesi, a cura di G. Nigro, Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica F. Datini, Prato, 2008.
ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE: The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the key economic processes of the past, referring to Europe and Italy from the early-middle ages to the 18th century.
ACQUIRED COMPETENCE: the use of critical tools for a comparative analysis of the economic and social facts, with an emphasis on the changing balances occurring after the discovery of America and the English Industrial Revolution.
ACQUIRED SKILLS: how to reconstruct and explain the economic changes taking place from the Early Middle Ages to the Early Modern Age.
Frontal teaching lessons: 48 hours. Visit / lesson at the State Archives of Prato or Florence. Possible participation in conferences related to the content of the course.
Type of Assessment
JUNE-JULY 2020: oral exams (online)
The written exam lasts between 60 and 75 minutes and consists of two essay questions.
The course aims to provide knowledge and tools to critical evaluate economic facts in a long-term historical context. The program will focus on Europe's economy and society, analyzed in a Mediterranean and Atlantic perspective. After presenting the main aspects of the early-mediaeval economic organization, the course will focus on the features of the European rebirh, starting from the 13th century, through the strong expansion of the cities of northern Italy and those of the northern countries. Then we will examine the phenomena causing the change in the equilibrium achieved in the fifteenth century: from the prevailing economic functions of the Mediterranean to the new role of the Atlantic Ocean after Christopher Columbus, the emergence of other economic and military powers. After the great Spanish and Portuguese expansion, the Netherlands and England took on the role of driving economics. The course will end with a brief analysis of the British Industrial Revolution.