Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT2790 (AF:336369 AR:177040)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The aim of this course is to study the European early modern history through the cultural and political uses of commerce, its global dimension and influence of passions and interests in the international relations. Long before the contemporary time, let alone the availability of more recent economic instruments, people desired happiness and social equality. In the pre-industrial era money was source of cultural debates and moral evaluations in the international relations.
Based on arguments described above, the student is expected to be
- able to consolidate the acquisition of the key concepts of modern history
- able to critically interpret the use of theoretical concepts in the study of specific realities and in the interpretation of sources.
General knowledge of European modern history.
The content will concern the relations between passions, interests and commerce in early modern history. In particular
1. the unexpected variety of ways in which the discussion on (global) commerce was transmitted
2. the impact of the ideas of happiness, self-deceit and love on the political economy.
3. the birth of the modern idea of commerce.
For English-speaking students:
1) A. O. Hirschman, "The Passions and the Interests",Princeton University Press 2013, pagg. 192 (or other edition, also available as ebook)
2) K. Stapelbroek, "Love, Self-Deceit & Money", University of Toronto Press 2008, pagg. 263 (also available as Kindle format)
Oral examination. International students please contact the professor for further details
Frontal lesson, PowerPoint, online sources, Moodle

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 17/08/2020