Modern history

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer both an introduction to the history of Europe within the context of transatlantic and global interactions from the end of the 15th to the first decades of the 19th Century (Part A) and an in-depth monographic analysis on specific phenomena in a global perspective, with a particular attention to the relations between past and present, facts, interpretations and cultural memory (Part B).
Expected learning outcomes
Thanks to the course, the interaction with the teacher, the individual examination of the documents analysed in class and/or individual learning (see. NF bibliography), the students will be able to:
· Acquire the knowledge of European history from the end of the 15th century to the first decades of the 19th century, with a specific focus on its prominent features.
· Understand the underlying demographic, social, economic, institutional, political, international, religious, and cultural dynamics of European History in the above-mentioned centuries from a transatlantic and global perspective.
· Learn to analyse critically sources and documents relevant to European history with a specific attention to past-present dynamics.
· Learn to explain the knowledge acquired both in an oral and/or written form.
· Learn to connect the knowledge acquired regarding European History phenomena, sources, and interpretations with other subjects of the curriculum.
The course aims at fostering students' ability to connect different epochs and issues of European history and analysing critically diverse sources. In addition, the course is intended to foster awareness of the historical depth both of the relation between Early modern Europe and today's globalized world, and the intrinsically cross-cultural and multicultural character of European societies and cultures in the past and in present time.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be held in the second semester 2020-2021.
In the emergency teaching phase, should it become necessary to use online teaching, mixed teaching methods will be used.
More specifically:
Module 1, Online lessons, using Teams.
Module 2, Online lessons, using Teams, and recorded lessons (file audio, Powerpoint, documents).
The recorded lessons will be uploaded on the Ariel website of the course: https://mbenzonism.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Lessons will apply methods that are designed to encourage the involvement and the participation of all students.
The timetable of the lessons remains unchanged and all the most important information will be provided through the Ariel website of the course.
The methods and criteria for the lessons in attendance, which require a reservation with the appropriate app, will be published in good time on the Ariel website of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Narratives of European global interactions in the "long" 16th Century

Module 1: Global History of Europe (16th-19th Centuries)
Module 2: The Making of a Global Framework in Early Modern History

The course aims to offer both an introduction to the history of Europe within the context of transatlantic and global interactions from the end of the 15th to the first decades of the 19th Century (Module 1) and an in-depth monographic analysis. More specifically, Module 2 will be dedicated to the analysis of a corpus of early modern European sources on the interactions with Africa, Asia and the Americas in order to focus on the multifaceted European gaze towards the making of a global context in the "long" XVI century.
The syllabus is valid until February 2022
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
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.
Lectures are thaught in Italian.
Teaching Resources
6 CFU

Attending students:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (Module 1 and 2)

Module 1:
Knowledge of :
R. Ago - V. Vidotto, Storia moderna, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2018(20) and documents uploaded on Ariel: https://mbenzonism.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx

The use of an historical atlas is strongly raccomanded.

Module 2:
Knowledge of the selection of sources and the following volumes:
S. Bazzola, Retorica e narrazione del viaggio. Diari, relazioni, itinerari fra Quattro e Cinquecento, Salerno Editrice, Roma 2020
S. Gruzinski, Abbiamo ancora bisogno della storia? Il senso del passato nel mondo globalizzato, Raffaello Cortina editore, Milano 2016.

Non-attending students:

Module 1:
Knowledge of the following volume and interview:
R. Ago - V. Vidotto, Storia moderna, Laterza, Roma-Bari 201820
Serge Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, https://video.unimi.it/media/478/

The use of an historical atlas is strongly raccomanded.

Module 2:
Knowledge of C. H. Parker, Le relazioni globali nell'età moderna, 1400-1800, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012 and one of the following volumes or group of texts.
The volumes must be chosen within a single thematic area.

French
P. Burke, Il Re Sole, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2017
P. R. Campbell, Luigi XIV e la Francia del suo tempo, Il Mulino, Bologna 1997
V. Criscuolo, Napoleone, Bologna, Il Mulino, Bologna 2009

Spanish - Portuguese
G. Parker, Un solo re, un solo impero. Filippo II di Spagna, Il Mulino 2005
H. Rawlings, L'Inquisizione spagnola, Il Mulino 2008
M. M. Benzoni, Americhe e modernità. Un itinerario fra storia e storiografia dal 1492 ad oggi, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2012
T. Todorov, La conquista dell'America. Il problema dell'altro, Einaudi, Torino 2005
J. H. Elliott, La Spagna imperiale. 1469-1716, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006

English
M. D. Palmer, Enrico VIII, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003 and G. Abbattista, La rivoluzione americana, Laterza, Bari-Roma 20196
M. D. Palmer, Enrico VIII, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003 and T. Bonazzi, La rivoluzione americana, Il Mulino, Bologna 2018
P. Wende, L'impero britannico. Storia di una potenza mondiale, Einaudi, Torino 2009

Polish
J. Lukowski - H. Zawadzki, Polonia. il paese che rinasce, Beit, Trieste 2009
A selection of chapters: R. I. Frost, The Oxford History of Poland. The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569, OUP, Oxford 2018

Russian
P. Buschkovitch, Breve storia della Russia: dalle origini a Putin, Einaudi, Torino 2013
L. Hughes, Pietro il Grande, Einaudi, Torino 2012
W. Marshall, Pietro il Grande e la Russia del suo tempo, il Mulino, Bologna, 1999
M. Raeff, La Russia degli zar, Laterza, Roma 1989

Scandinavian languages
N. Kent, A Concise History of Sweden, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008
A selection of chapters: E. I. Kouri - J. E. Olesen (eds.), The Cambridge History of Scandinavia, 2, 1520-1870, Cambridge University Press, 2016

German
R. H. Bainton, La Riforma protestante, Einaudi, Torino 2000, pp. 280
R. H. Bainton, Lutero, Einaudi, Torino 2013
T. Kaufmann, Lutero, Il Mulino, Bologna 2007 and M. Rady, Carlo V e il suo tempo, Il Mulino, Bologna 1997

General themes
S. Faroqhi, L'impero ottomano, Il Mulino, Bologna 2014 e e K. Kreiser, Storia di Istanbul, Il Mulino, Bologna 2010
M. Füssel, La guerra dei sette anni, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013 e V. Criscuolo, Il congresso di Vienna, Il Mulino, Bologna 2015
F. Morelli, Il mondo atlantico. Una storia senza confini, Carocci, Roma 2020(7)
M. Pellegrini, Le guerre d'Italia, il Mulino, Bologna 2017 e Schmidt G., La guerra dei Trent'anni, Il Mulino, Bologna 2015

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 (Italian).
Type of examination: oral interrogation (Italian).
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.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours