Elements of Historiography

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer a panorama of the principal characteristics of the history of historiography from antiquity to modernity and theoretical principles that have animated the historiographical production of the last two centuries.
The course also aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for both scientific and popular historical communication
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce students to the historical reflection on the historiography of the Western world, guiding them towards the knowledge of how to grasp the continuity and peculiarities of modern historical production compared to those of the past. Through the analysis of concrete examples, students will grasp the problems and methods of contemporary historiographic reflection, developing awareness, theory and their own personal historiographical style. At the end of the course they will be able to critically read primary sources and scientific texts relating to the historical period under consideration and develop independent and critically based reflections. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous comparison with the teacher in the classroom, through the analysis of proposed texts for individual study and thanks to the presentation and joint discussion of agreed readings.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools eventually provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings suggested of the instructor, and contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Course Title: Chabod and Historicism
Module 1: History of Historiography
Module 2: Comparing Historiographical Theories
Module 3: Chabod and Historicism
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for admission to the MA degree in historical science
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. Teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence in and specific language of the subject matter. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is an integral part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching can also be supplemented by didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
In addition to frontal lectures, individual presentations are possible.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:

Teaching Unit A
G. Galasso, La storiografia del Novecento (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from G. Galasso, Storiografia e storici europei del Novecento, Salerno editrice, 2016, pp. 15-45); and G. Galasso, Lo stato della ricerca storica in Italia (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from G. Galasso, Storici italiani del Novecento, il Mulino, 2008, pp. 17-34).

Teaching Unit B

All the following works: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, 2016, pp. 1-169); B. Croce, Teoria e storia della storiografia, chap. I-IX (Adelphi or Bibliopolis); H.-I. Marrou, Tristezza dello storico (Morcelliana, 2018); E.H. Carr, Sei lezioni sulla storia (Einaudi, 2000; reprinted 2018).

Teaching Unit C
All the following essays: G. Sasso, Profilo di Federico Chabod (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from G. Sasso, Il guardiano della storiografia. Profilo di Federico Chabod e altri saggi, Guida, 1985, pp. 33-134); E. Sestan, Federico Chabod e la "nuova storiografia": profilo di una generazione di storici (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Federico Chabod e la nuova storiografia italiana dal primo al secondo dopoguerra. 1919-1950, a cura di B. Vigezzi, Jaca Book 1986, pp. 1-18); E. Garin, Storicismo (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Enciclopedia del Novecento, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1984, pp. 213-231); M. Mustè, Lo storicismo nel secondo dopoguerra (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Il contributo italiano alla storia del pensiero. Filosofia, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 2012, pp. 706-716); F. Chabod, Friedrich Meinecke (30 ottobre 1862 - 6 febbraio 1954) (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico. Con saggi su Egidi, Croce, Meinecke, a cura di L. Firpo, Bari, Laterza, 1969, pp. 255-308).


Non-attending students:

Programme for 9 cfu:

Teaching Unit A
G. Galasso, Storiografia e storici europei del Novecento (Salerno editrice, 2016).

Teaching Unit B
All the following works: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, 2016, pp. 1-169); B. Croce, Teoria e storia della storiografia, chap. I-IX (Adelphi or Bibliopolis); H.-I. Marrou, Tristezza dello storico (Morcelliana, 2018); E.H. Carr, Sei lezioni sulla storia (Einaudi, 2000; reprinted 2018).

Teaching Unit C
All the following essays: G. Sasso, Profilo di Federico Chabod (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from G. Sasso, Il guardiano della storiografia. Profilo di Federico Chabod e altri saggi, Guida, 1985, pp. 33-134); E. Sestan, Federico Chabod e la "nuova storiografia": profilo di una generazione di storici (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Federico Chabod e la nuova storiografia italiana dal primo al secondo dopoguerra. 1919-1950, a cura di B. Vigezzi, Jaca Book 1986, pp. 1-18); E. Garin, Storicismo (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Enciclopedia del Novecento, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1984, pp. 213-231); M. Mustè, Lo storicismo nel secondo dopoguerra (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from Il contributo italiano alla storia del pensiero. Filosofia, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 2012, pp. 706-716); F. Chabod, Friedrich Meinecke (30 ottobre 1862 - 6 febbraio 1954) (available on the course's Ariel website - taken from F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico. Con saggi su Egidi, Croce, Meinecke, a cura di L. Firpo, Bari, Laterza, 1969, pp. 255-308).


The program is valid starting from the exam period in December 2019 and, for non-attending students, it substitutes the one used in the previous academic year.
Incoming international or Erasmus students are invited to make contact with the appointed professor as soon as possible.


Program for Erasmus students
If requested, incoming Erasmus students may take the exam in English with the following bibliography (Units 1 and 2, for 6 Ects; Units 1, 2 and 3, for 9 Ects):
1) G.G. Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth Century. From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge. With a New Epilogue by the Author (Wesleyan University Press, 2012).
2) B. Croce, History. Its Theory and Practice, authorized translation by D. Ainslie (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921 (1960), chapters 1-9 (available at the professor's office); M. Bloch, The Historian's Craft, translated from the French by P. Putman, with a preface by P. Burke (Manchester University press, 1992); E.H. Carr, What Is History?, with a new introduction by R.J. Evans (Palgrave, 2001).
3) F. Chabod, A History of Italian Fascism, translated from the Italian by M. Grindrod (Fertig, 19752); S. Woolf, Reading Federico Chabod's "Storia dell'idea d'Europa" half a century later, in Nazione, nazionalismi ed Europa nell'opera di Federico Chabod, a cura di M. Herling e P.G. Zunino (Olschki, 2002), pp. 203-246 (available at the professor's office).
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: written and oral exam.

- Type of examination: written exam with open answers, prior to the oral exam. It is possible for attending students to write a paper in substitution of the oral exam for the second teaching unit only.

- The length of the exam: The purpose of the written exam is to evaluate the overall preparation and only takes 10 minutes, being composed of 5 questions, which can be answered with one word, a date or a few sentences. The oral exam lasts 15-20 minutes. The possible paper for the second teaching unit should be a critical synthesis of one book included on the teaching unit list, enriched with comparative references to the other books on the same list.

- Evaluation criteria: Knowledge of the principal characteristics of the history of historiography from antiquity to the present day and some of the theoretical principles that animate contemporary historiographical production will be evaluated. In particular, the capacity of the student to understand theoretical continuity and conceptual particularity in the history of historiography, and to develop historiographical awareness, personal theory and style, will be considered. During the oral exam, the professor will ask some questions in order to evaluate the level of the student's understanding of the topics delivered and of his/her capacity for expression.

- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.

The modalities of the exams for students with disabilities and/or ADS must be agreed upon by the professor in accordance with the appropriate office (Ufficio disabili e DSA).
Unita' didattica A
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Office hours will take place via Skype (davidcadeddu), with appointment: Wednesday, 4 pm - 7 pm. If an appointment is necessary, please send an email.
Skype: davidcadeddu