History of Spain and Latin America

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The path proposed in the two units aims to encourage students to acquire the ability to establish connections between different historical periods and themes and to critically examine documents of a distinct nature in different languages. We intend to contribute to the training of a conscious vision both of the historical roots of the contemporary globalized world and of its intrinsically multicultural trait, an essential skill for those who have decided to dedicate themselves to the professions related to the linguistic and cultural mediation.
Expected learning outcomes
Through the lectures, the discussion with the professor and the individual work done on the material examined during the course (sources, historiography, literary texts, iconography, films and documentaries) and /or the individual study of the program's bibliography, the students will:
· acquire a solid knowledge of the historical profile of Spain and Latin America from the end of the fifteenth century to the present day, identifying the fundamental junctions and the main aspects;
· comprehend, from an American, transatlantic and global perspective, the dynamics underlying the political-institutional, socio-cultural, economic and demographic phenomena that characterize the history of Spain and Latin America over the centuries;
· learn to critically examine, with a close look to the past-present relationship, different sources and documents concerning a wide-ranging phenomenon in the history of Spain and Latin America;
· learn to communicate the knowledge acquired on the topics dealt with in an oral and/or written form through papers presented and written individually;
· integrate the knowledge gained in the field of general History and the analysis of sources and interpretations, establishing links with the other disciplines covered by the course of study.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Spain and Latin America from 1492 to the Third Millennium. A global perspective
Module 1: Introduction to the history of Spain and Latin America
Module 2: Fragments of Spanish America and Latin America in Milan: past, present, cultural memory

The course aims to offer both an introduction to the history of Spain and Latin America in a global perspective (Module 1) and an in-depth monographic analysis (Module 2). More particularly, Module 2 focuses on cultural relations between Spanish America, Latin America and Milan from the end of 15th century to the present.

The programme is valid until July 2021
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of the general outlines of modern and contemporary history is taken for granted
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and/or individual presentations are envisaged.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:

Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures

Module A:
Knowledge of the selection of texts or one of the following volumes:
M. M. BENZONI, Americhe e modernità. Un itinerario fra storia e storiografia dal 1492 ad oggi, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2012 (prima sezione) e L. ZANATTA, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma 20195
J. H. ELLIOTT, La Spagna imperiale 1469-1716, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006
G. HERMET, Storia della Spagna nel Novecento, Il Mulino, Bologna 1999
M. DE GIUSEPPE - G. LA BELLA, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019

Module B:
Knowledge of the following interview and texts:
S. GRUZINSKI, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

M. M. BENZONI - A. M. GONZÁLEZ LUNA (a cura di), Milano e il Messico. Dimensioni e figure di un'incontro a distanza dal Rinascimento alla Globalizzazione, Jaca Book, Milano 2010, Introduzione "Milano e il Messico. Il contesto storico-culturale", e pp.51-67)
M. M. BENZONI, Federico Borromeo and the New World in Early Modern Milan, in E. Horodowich - L. Markey, The New World in Early Modern Italy 1492-1750, Cambridge University Press, New York 2017, pp. 103-117.
M. V. CALVI - E. PERASSI (a cura di), Milano città delle culture, ESI, Roma 2015, Introduzione e pp. 95-104, 135-144, pp. 301-312
M. CATTO - G.V. SIGNOROTTO, Milano, l'Ambrosiana e la conoscenza dei Nuovi Mondi (secoli XVII-XVIII), Bulzoni editore, Roma 2015, Introduzione e un saggio a scelta sull'America spagnola e/o la mondializzazione iberica
Milano città mondo #04. Storie di vita tra Perù e l'Italia, MUDEC - COMUNE DI MILANO, Milano 2019

Non-attending students:

Module A:
Knowledge of the selection of texts or one of the following volumes:
M. M. BENZONI, Americhe e modernità. Un itinerario fra storia e storiografia dal 1492 ad oggi, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2012 (prima sezione) e L. ZANATTA, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma 20195
J. H. ELLIOTT, La Spagna imperiale 1469-1716, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006
G. HERMET, Storia della Spagna nel Novecento, Il Mulino, Bologna 1999
M. DE GIUSEPPE - G. LA BELLA, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019

Module B
Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
M. DE GIUSEPPE, L'altra America. I cattolici italiani da Medellín a Francesco, Morcelliana, Brescia 2017
M. LIVI BACCI, Conquista. La distruzione degli indios americani, Il Mulino, Bologna 2009
G. PARKER, Un solo re, un solo impero. Filippo II di Spagna, Il Mulino, Bologna 2005
G. RANZATO, La grande paura del 1936. Come la Spagna precipitò nella guerra civile, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011
H. RAWLINGS, L'inquisizione spagnola, Il Mulino, Bologna 2008

The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
https://mbenzonissal.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Method: oral exam;
Type of examination: oral interrogation.
Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity, etc;
Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Teaching Unit 1
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours