MEDIEVAL HISTORY I

Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
STORIA MEDIEVALE I
Course code
FT0256 (AF:250447 AR:148638)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
M-STO/01
Period
3rd Term
Course year
3
Moodle
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Course objectives
Students are expected to achieve a good knowledge of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages, by considering her main features and evolutionary dynamics from the IV to the XIV century. This course provides a basis of knowledge of medieval historiography, supported by direct reading of historical sources, encompassing both classic masterpieces and recent contributions, as well as an introduction to historical research and methodological issues.
Pre-requirements
None.
Contents
The end of the Ancient World and the birth of the early medieval societies: The transformation of the Roman world, the islam, and the barbarian kingdoms.
The Carolingian Age and the age of fragmentation and local powers.
The economic growth of Europe: The expansion of the European agricultures, the evolution of rural lordship, the rise of commerce and towns.
The reform of the Church, the chivalry and the Crusades.
The Italian “communi” and their evolution [as city-states?]; the formation of the European monarchies.
The apogee of the medieval society in the XIII century and its crisis in the XIV century
Referral texts
Attending students:
1. Teaching materials provided in classroom and available online (ISA);
2. One of the following texts:
a) L. Provero, M. Vallerani, Storia medievale, Milano, Le Monnier-Mondadori, 2016;
b) Introduzione alla storia medievale, a cura di G. Albertoni, T. Lazzari, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (edizione digitale su Pandora Campus);
c) R. Bordone, G. Sergi, Dieci secoli di Medioevo, Torino, Einaudi, 2009;
d) A. Cortonesi, Il Medioevo. Profilo di un millennio, Roma, Carocci, 2008 (e edizioni successive)

Non attending students:
1. One of the following texts:
a) L. Provero, M. Vallerani, Storia medievale, Milano, Le Monnier-Mondadori, 2016;
b) Introduzione alla storia medievale, a cura di G. Albertoni, T. Lazzari, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (edizione digitale su Pandora Campus);
c) R. Bordone, G. Sergi, Dieci secoli di Medioevo, Torino, Einaudi, 2009;
d) A. Cortonesi, Il Medioevo. Profilo di un millennio, Carocci, Roma, 2008;

2. G. Sergi, L'idea di medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune, Roma, Donzelli, 1998-2005;

3. One of the following texts:
- M. Bloch, La società feudale, Torino, Einaudi, 1949;
- M. Bloch, I caratteri originali della storia rurale francese, Torino, Einaudi, 1973 (o altra edizione);
- C.M. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Europa pre-industriale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1974 (e altre edizioni), cap. 1-6;
- G. Tabacco, Egemonie sociali e strutture del potere nel medioevo italiano, Torino, Einaudi, 1979.
Type of exam
written and oral
Assessment methods
Oral or written exam at the end of the course according to the calendar. Students are expected:
- to know the main features of the periodization in the Middle Ages; the evolution of power forms and the social structures in their historical transformation; religious and ecclesiastical developments; economic cycles and conjunctures (TRENDS?);
- to connect and compare in an appropriate way the different features of the Middle Ages.
They will acquire independence of judgement by analyzing critically primary and secondary sources and the ability to communicate what they have learnt by using the suitable vocabulary.
Teaching methods
The course will be held over 30 hours (6 ECTS) and classes will be focused on archival sources and historical researches in order to learn how to analyse critically history processes and to frame hypotheses and interpretation of facts as proposed by chosen topics.
Teaching language
Italian
Other
Student consultation hours are once a week. Students can also write at arapetti@unive.it.
Sustainability
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme
13/07/2017