20706075 - History of Europe and the Mediterranean

The course provides advanced skills for the critical reading and interpretation of crucial issues in the political and cultural history of modern Europe, also read in terms of symbolic production. Specific attention is paid to the history of European historiography as a place of formation of the idea of Europe and of a common identity consciousness.
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Mutuazione: 20706075 STORIA DELL'EUROPA E DEL MEDITERRANEO in Storia e società LM-84 BROGGIO PAOLO


Never as in recent years has Europe been at the centre of public debate: for some it is the only lifeline against nationalism and wars, for others it is the ultimate cause of all our problems and malaises, especially economic ones. The invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia in February 2022 has then relaunched in the public discourse, in addition to the classic themes of war and peace, also that of the extension to the East of the concept of Europe, which possesses an extraordinary historical depth that goes well beyond the community institutions that have emerged since the Second World War and whose knowledge in the long diachrony is an unavoidable necessity in order to correctly place the events of our continent in the framework of world history. In the first part of the course, the focus will be on the development of the notion of Europe, thoughts on Europe and European consciousness in the long term. In the second part, the events of the migrations within the continent that originated in the early modern period for religious reasons will be explored in depth: voluntary or forced, in any case the result of the process of confessionalisation and exclusion of religious diversity, and which contributed to shaping the relationship between tolerance and intolerance in the Christian West.

Core Documentation

First section: 'History of Europe: ideas, perspectives, reflections' (6 ECTS)

Reference books:

Lucien Febvre, L’Europa. Storia di una civiltà, Roma, Donzelli.
Federico Chabod, Storia dell’Idea d’Europa, Roma-Bari, Laterza.
Additional book for students who will not attend the lessons: Egidio Ivetic, Studiare la storia del Mediterraneo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2024

The preparation for the first part will be complemented by some essays that will be made available in PDF format in the course's Team, and their study is mandatory.

Second section: "The Europe of exoduses and migrations 'religionis causa'".

Reference books:

Nicholas Terpstra, Purezza e fede. Esuli religiosi nell’Europa moderna, Bologna, Il Mulino.
Bruno Pomara Saverino, Rifugiati. I moriscos e l'Italia, Firenze, Firenze University Press, scaricabile gratuitamente dal sito: https://www.fupress.com/catalogo/rifugiati/3516

Those who only need to take 6 ECTS are required to study the first teaching unit.