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
After an excursus of the main issues and problems of the modern age, the course will cover the history of anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism in Europe in the late Middle Ages and the nineteenth century.
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commentary of a historical document regarding the topics covered in the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