Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course is one of the main activities of the Master's degree course in History from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age, which prepares students to specialize in European and extra-European history through a full mastery of the epistemological foundations of historiographic practice and of the methodologies of investigation of different types of sources, including original ones. The course aims to provide the essential tools to critically analyze the historical roots of the process of so-called globalization. A process that has experienced alternating phases and that, until recently, has been considered only in a Eurocentric and progressive vision. Particular attention will be paid to the comparison between Europe and Asia.
Expected learning outcomes
Understanding both the specificities of global history and its importance in understanding the dynamics of today's world
No prerequisite is requested
The course deals with broad issues related to the structuring of societies, economies and powers globally, and in particular the problem of the so-called 'Great Divergence' concerning the emergence of the West as a hegemonic area.
1. Environment and resources
2. Demography: population and family, epidemics and responses
3. Political institutions: States, cities, constraints and freedom
4. Economic institutions: networks and mercantile spaces, structures and markets
5. Violence: the technology of war and the mobilisation of resources
Conrad S., Storia globale. Un’introduzione, Roma, Carocci, 2015;
Bayly C.A., La nascita del mondo moderno (1780-1914), Torino, Einaudi, 2007
Students attending the course, in addition to their lesson notes, are required to present two papers (the first one in the middle of the course and the second at the end) of 5 pages each, on topics agreed with the teacher.
Students not attending are required to read S. Conrad, Storia globale. Un’introduzione, Roma, Carocci, 2015, pp. 212; e C.A. Bayly, La nascita del mondo moderno (1780-1914), Torino, Einaudi, 2007. They will also have to present two papers (8 pp. each) whose topics will be previously discussed with the teacher.
Lectures in classroom with large use of tables and slides
Type of exam
written and oral
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
Last update of the programme: 26/07/2021
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