First, to provide a basic historical framework to understand the complex processes of internazionalization that took place in the early modern period (c. 1450-1800), and contributed to development of a permanent system of geopolitical, economic and trans-cultural interaction among the world’s different countries and societies.
Second, to introduce students to the key historiographical debates on globalization and global history, familiarising them with the main concepts, terminology and theories involved in these debates, so as to to develop a critical approach to history, its narratives, and its methodological features.


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The course has a twofold objective: to provide a basic historical background on the complex processes of internationalization that, in the centuries of the modern age (c. 1450-1800), contributed to determine the first stable forms of geopolitical interconnection, economic interdependence and cross-cultural interaction between different parts of the world; to introduce students to the historiographical debate on globalization and global history, stimulating - through the comparison of different interpretations, proposals for periodization and methodologies - the adoption of a critical and conscious approach to history, its narratives and its problems.

Core Documentation

Charles H. Parker, Relazioni globali nell'età moderna 1400-1800, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012
S. Conrad, Storia globale. Un'introduzione, Roma, Carocci, 2015
J. Osterhammel, N.P. Petersson, Storia della globalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005