Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course the student will be able to: a) contextualize the major historical events of the modern age in the more general framework of political, economic, social and cultural life of early modern Europe in its interrelations with non-European countries; b ) demonstrate awareness of the complexity of the roots of contemporary Europe, particularly with regard to the origins of the Holocaust; c) apply the knowledge gained to critical analysis and interpretation of historical sources and iconography relating to the events studied.
Basic cognitive requirements
Course contents summary
The course is divided into two parts. The first is an excursus on
main issues and problems of the early modern age, from discovery of America at the age of Revolutions. The second part will cover intolerance and persecution of Jews in Europe between the end of
Middle Ages to the nineteenth century with references to the contemporary age and the Holocaust.
C. Capra, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Milano, Mondadori, 2011. For the preparation of the general part is also obligatory the use of a historical atlas.
Anna Foa, Ebrei in Europa. Dalla peste nera all’emancipazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004. Primo Levi, I sommersi e i salvati, Torino, Einaudi, 2007.
Lectures with reading and commenting on texts and sources; at the end of the course there will be a written test aims at the acquisition of the main tools for analyzing and interpreting historical textual and iconographic sources described in the first part.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam is divided into two parts: a written paper in which the student must demonstrate knowledge of the main events of the history and problems of the modern age and the acquired ability to critically analyze a textual source or iconographic and an oral exam in which the student must disclose in a reasoned and critical way the topics covered in the second part of the course. The written paper is divided into three open questions taken from the manual of general history and a commentary of a historical document regarding the topics covered in the manual. The time available for the written paper is two hours. It’s considered sufficient a paper in which the candidate has correctly answered all questions without significant error in the exposition of facts. The final grade is formulated considering the whole, the written test and oral exposure.