Economic and social history of the early modern age

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SECS-P/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of pre-industrial economic and social systems, with specific reference to European history. It will focus primarily on the main economic and social categories of up-to-date reading of the history of the ancien régime: population, resources, property rights, markets, exchanges, currency, institutions, economic growth, role of the state, social stratification, social mobility, and the corporate system.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge:
The student should become more aware of the economic dimension of historical phenomena, of the reciprocity of relationships and conditions within the context of social and political systems.

Skills:
To know how to critically read texts with references to source material and acquire their contents; know how to present and argument with a measure of order and with appropriate language
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will take place remotely in synchronous form through Microsoft Teams.
Students will find all the information to access the lessons (links etc.) on the Ariel teaching website.
If it is not possible to take it in presence, the final exam will be held remotely in oral form.
The modality will be communicated both directly to attending students and on the Ariel teaching website.
Course syllabus
The economics of the modern age and the industrial revolution are fields of study that in recent decades have significantly expanded and renewed the sources, tools, methodologies of research and explanatory models. Traditional interpretations of European economic transformation have been re-examined and in some cases subjected to a revision, thanks to numerous studies on the various districts and regions of the continent, on different periods and productive sectors and the interactions between economies, institutions and political systems. Taking into account the different historiographical interpretations, many aspects of European economic and social history will be addressed that today appear from a partly different perspective, such as the role of the state and economic policies, agricultural productivity, enclosures, demography, urbanization, technology and its transmission, putting-out-system, crafts, the role of capital, credit and domestic and international trade, colonization, the advent of the factory system, the British industrial take-off.
At the end of the course, students will be able to critically read primary sources and scientific texts relating to the historical period under examination and elaborate autonomous reflections on the main historical and historiographical issues. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous discussion with the teacher. Non-attending students will be able to deepen the main topics through specific readings agreed with the teacher, with whom they will be able to discuss during reception hours.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of major topics in modern history is required.
Teaching methods
The course topics will be addressed through lectures, integrated by teaching materials (papers, documents, tables, graphs, articles, weblinks, video) that the teacher will make available from time to time on the website Ariel of the course and which will be part of the study program for students.
Teaching Resources
Attending students :
6 CFU
- learning material provided during the course together with:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, La trasformazione economica dell'Europa. Dal Seicento alla rivoluzione industriale, Milano, Unicopli, 2012

9 CFU:
- learning material provided during the course together with:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, La trasformazione economica dell'Europa. Dal Seicento alla rivoluzione industriale, Milano, Unicopli, 2012
and one text chosen from the following list:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, Profitti del potere. Stato ed economia nell'Europa moderna, Roma-Bari, Latera 2016
- Carlo M. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Eruopa pre-industriale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2009
- M. Fusaro, Reti commerciali e traffici globali in età moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019
- C. H. Parker, Relazioni globali nell'età moderna 1400-1800, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012

Non attending students:
6 CFU:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, La trasformazione economica dell'Europa. Dal Seicento alla rivoluzione industriale, Milano Unicopli, 2012
and one text chosen from the following list:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, Profitti del potere. Stato ed economia nell'Europa moderna, Roma-Bari, Latera 2016
- Carlo M. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Eruopa pre-industriale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2009
- M. Fusaro, Reti commerciali e traffici globali in età moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019

9 CFU::
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, La trasformazione economica dell'Europa. Dal Seicento alla rivoluzione industriale, Milano Unicopli, 2012
and two text chosen from the following list:
- Silvia A. Conca Messina, Profitti del potere. Stato ed economia nell'Europa moderna, Roma-Bari, Latera 2016
- Carlo M. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Eruopa pre-industriale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2009
- M. Fusaro, Reti commerciali e traffici globali in età moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019
- C. H. Parker, Relazioni globali nell'età moderna 1400-1800, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012

Erasmus students who wish to take the exam in English are invited to email the teacher well in advance before the scheduled exam session.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final examination will be oral.
If not possibile to be in presence, the exam will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams, according to the modalities which will be communicated directly to the attending students and published on the website of the course (Ariel).
The teacher will evaluate: clearness; argumentative ability; properness of terminology; completeness; correct space-time orientation; ability to link facts and phenomena.
Unita' didattica A
SECS-P/12 - ECONOMIC HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
SECS-P/12 - ECONOMIC HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
SECS-P/12 - ECONOMIC HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday 16:00-19:00 via Microsoft Teams (please, contact via e-mail the teacher to schedule an appointment))