Modern History. An advanced study of issues and methods concerning research on European modern history (late 15th - early 19th centuries), through reading and analysis of printed and handwritten sources.
BOOKS LISTED BELOW REPRESENT A GENERAL INTRODUCTORY BIBLIOGRAPHY TO THE COURSE'S THEMES, AND ARE NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH EXAM TEXTBOOKS, WHICH THE TEACHER WILL LIST AND INTRODUCE DURING THE FIRST LESSON OF THE COURSE
Z. BAUMAN, Paura liquida, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, ed. 2008;
J. BOURKE, Paura.
Una storia culturale, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2015;
J. DELUMEAU, La paura in Occidente. Storia della paura nell'età moderna, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2018 (ed. or. Milano, SEI, 1979);
J. DIAMOND, Armi, acciaio e malattie. Breve storia del mondo negli ultimi treicimila anni, trad. it. Torino, Einaudi, 2014
B. P. LEVACK, La caccia alle streghe in Europa agli inizi dell'età moderna, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, ed. ampliata 2008;
J. PARKER, La rivoluzione militare, trad. it. Bologna, il Mulino, ed. 2014;
J. B. RUSSELL, Il diavolo, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, 3 voll., 1990;
A. A SETTIA, Rapine, assedi, battaglie. La guerra nel Medioevo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ed. 2009;
Storia delle donne in occidente (dir. G. Duby - M. Perrot), Il Medioevo, a cura di C. Klapisch-Zuber, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, ed. 1999;
Storia delle donne in occidente (dir. G. Duby - M. Perrot), Dal Rinascimento all'età moderna, a cura di N. Zemon Davis - A. Farge, trad. it. Roma-Bari, Laterza, ed. 2002;
A. TENENTI, Dalle rivolte alle rivoluzioni, Bologna, il Mulino, 1997;
Warfare in Early Modern Europe 1450-1660, ed. by P. E. J. Hammer, London-New York, Routledge, 2007.
- The Course aims to improve the knowledge on Early Modern European History
- During the course, consisting in the attentive reading of historical texts, the student will be offered the opportunity for leading (under the teachers's supervision) a personal research-work, which can give him the sense of practising an historical research, and so to test his personal attitudes and the notions and methods he has learned during the course itself.
- To encourage the critical analysys on the origin of some key-aspects of "making history" in the present.
Type of Assessment
Final Exam will be written (option 1) or oral (option 2) depending on the student's choice.
Option 1: theme chosen by the student under the teacher's supervision; oral presentation during the course; written text submitted at least 7 daysbefore the exam's date. The teacher will evaluate the degree of coherence of the text with the chosen theme; the correct use of critical apparatus; the general degree of critical analysis.
Option 2: oral exam (2 compulsory books; 1 at student's choice; notes an texts discussed during the course).
The final degree will be the average of the results obtained during these three steps.
A Trilogy of Fear: II: Men
The 2019-2020 course will be the second of three devoted to the theme of "Fear", dealing with the main objects of fear in Renaissance Europe (last year's course dealt with the fear of contamination).
After an indtroductory definition of themes, concepts and terms for deifining Fear in early modern Europe and a critical discussion of the works by Jean Delumeau, the theme fear of human actions will be treated and analyzed after being introduced with a cultural-history approach. The theme will be divided in tipologies of facts and events: Fear of the enemy (war, religion, beliefs); fear of friends (rebellions; betray; conjurations; heresies).