It's suggested to have a good knowledge of history from the Middle-Age onwards (academic courses)
The purpose is to retrieve and direct a more appropriate knowledge of the general concerns and structures of the Economic History from XIVth to XVIIIth century. To succeed in knowing, with the support of advanced books, the main topics and issues concerning european society and economy before Industrialization; also developing learning skills that are necessary for the development of a solid capacity to analyze the sources and summarize the texts of historical literature, acquiring the skills necessary to continue their studies in different and comparative fields of history. Lessons will be devoted to stimulating critical and analytical self-consciousness of the students, reinforcing their personal and critical attitude to comprehend complex historical issues and their comparative links. At the same time, teacher will try to favor the acquisition of a communicative capacity and a written and oral language suitable for a correct exposition of historical phenomena in their complexity even in the more specialized point of view of the economy and production factors.
The course intends to stimulate student's knowledge on often overlooked issues in history high school text-books about economic matters. Lessons will deal with many important and basic aspects of History of Economy: geography and demography; environment and landscapes; the primary role of sea and rivers in European history; the control of energy and its use; the emerging of technology and know-how; the market features; the agrarian systems and rural basis of traditional societies; the forms of manufacturing and industry, etc. These topics will be enhanced by the analysis of other important aspects: family structures, peasant history, environment and climate change, the changing relationships between rural and urban communities and the development of european economy in
the XVth-XVIIIth cent.
C. Cipolla, Storia economica dell'Europa pre-industriale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2009; M. Carboni, L'ascesa economica dell'Europa. 1450-1750, Bologna, il Mulino, 2016
Lectures will be supported by audiovisual slides, by class analysis of sources and by workshop discussions
Working paper and oral interview
Examination will check and evaluate the learning skills acquired during the course and in personal study.
a) The written work (paper) will be prepared independently on a theme or on a text indicated in the wide bibliography provided by the teacher. It will be delivered a week before the exam interview.
b) the oral interview will initially include a presentation of the student of his paper work which will be followed by a discussion and a commentary on the subject with possible in-depth analysis. The oral exam will continue with questions to verify the knowledge and learning skills about subjects of general program.
The outcome of the test will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
the achievement of a critical vision of the topics addressed and the mastery of the specific language will be evaluated with marks of excellence (29-30 cum laude). A mnemonic knowledge of the subject and the use of a correct language, but not always appropriate, will lead to discrete evaluations (25-28). Minimal knowledge of the topics being studied and inappropriate language will lead to sufficient or just sufficient marks (18-24). Finally, if serious gaps emerge, the test result will be evaluated negatively.
Attendance is required.
For working and non-attending students: the same program of other students for the general bibliography; the working paper must be agreed on the basis of a customized program suggested by the teacher