This course provides to give the students a general knowledge about themes, methodologies, sources concerning early modern history and modern history, from the second-half of the XV century to the second-half of the XIX century. By focusing on the interactions and connections between local and global, the aims of this course is also to analyse the main issues of this period from a political, social and cultural perspective.


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The course focuses on the main themes of early modern history and modern history (from XV century to XIX century), with particular attention to the historiographic categories, the use of sources and the interpretative approaches of the historians. The different political, cultural, social, economic and religious aspects of the modern age will be studied from a local and global outlook, with a certain regard to the relations between the Italian peninsula, the European continent and extra-European realities.

Core Documentation

Books for the exam:

A) G. Dall'Olio, Storia moderna. I temi e le fonti, Roma, Carocci
(students have to study the section introductions and read the source materials)

B) Students also have to study one of the following textbooks:
C. Capra, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Firenze, Le Monnier
R. Ago - V. Vidotto, Storia moderna, Roma - Bari, Laterza

Type of delivery of the course

face to face learning



Type of evaluation

oral exam