The course aims to give students chance of acquiring analytical skills in order to identify the many factors involved in the dynamics of historical processes and understand their interconnections. The students will also develop a research method and investigation abilities in order to discover the inner complexity of the present age in its historical depth; they will be educated on how to understand otherness disclosing in the study of human events that constitute historical development.
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The course will focus in the Mediterranean space between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Documentation

F. Benigno, entry "Il Mediterraneo", in Enciclopedia Treccani, Il XXI secolo, 2009 (available at the following link: https://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/il-mediterraneo_%28XXI-Secolo%29/)

D. Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean, Oxford UP, 2013 (part five only)

D. Casanova, F. Canale Cama e R. M. Delli Quadri, Storia del Mediterraneo moderno e contemporaneo, Guida Editore, 2017 (only chapters from VI to XI, pp. 185-449)

E. Ivetic, Il Mediterraneo e l’Italia. Dal mare nostrum alla centralità comprimaria, Rubbettino, 2022

Reference Bibliography

Any additional bibliographical references may be indicated during the lectures.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures will be held in person and may be attended remotely only in cases provided for by current University regulations.


Attendance is optional, but strongly recommended.

Type of evaluation

The examination will be in oral form and will cover the content of the course and the texts adopted in the syllabus.