M-STO/02 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

To provide adequate historical knowledge of the modern age, especially with regards to its breaks and discontinuities, also in light of the historical debate and of the diversity and multiplicity of the original sources. To become able to recognize the complexity of any historiographic construction.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons and seminars activities.

Detailed Course Content

The two main goals of the class will be acquired thanks to a didactic path divided in two modules:

  1. The first, focused on early modern history and on its role in the construction of a notion of universal civilization, will follow a diachronic approach, starting from the end of the XV century up to the Seventies of XVIII century (4 CFU)
  2. The second will delve into some crucial moments in early modern history, analyzing the tensions provoked by natural disasters and their inevitable economic, political, social and cultural consequences. (2 CFU)

Textbook Information

Module A - (4 Credits):

- F. Benigno, L’età moderna. Dalla scoperta dell’America alla restaurazione, Roma- Bari, Laterza, 2005, pp. 379.

Module B (2 Credits)

(only choose one):

- AA. VV., Memorie, storie e metafore della malattia. La narrazione come metodo, a cura di A. Rotondo, Algra editore, Catania, 2020.

- L. Scalisi, Un Secolo di fuoco. Il Seicento e l’Etna nel Compendio di Natale di Pace, Domenico Sanfilippo, Catania, 2019, pp. 176.

- L. Scalisi, Per riparar l’incendio. Le politiche dell'emergenza dal Perù al Mediterraneo Huaynaputina 1600 - Vesuvio 1631 - Etna 1669, Catania, Domenico Sanfilippo Editore, 2013, pp. 152.


Suggested Readings (only choose one):

- F. Walter, Catastrofi. Una storia culturale, Angelo Colla Editore, 2009, pp. 368.

- Natura e società. Studi in onore di Augusto Placanica,a cura di P. Bevilacqua . P. Tino, Roma, Donzelli, 2005, pp. 330.


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