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Girolamo Savonarola: Religion and Politics in Renaissance Italy
Girolamo Savonarola: religione e politica nel Rinascimento italiano

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Guido Dall'Olio Monday 16-19, Tuesday 11-13

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The studens will have a general knowledge of the great problems of European early modern history, so they will construct a basis for more advanced knowledges.

The second part of the course will examine a more particular problem, viewed throug the reading and the analysis of texts and documents. The general context, however, will be kept into consideration, too.

Program

The course is divided into two parts: a general one, and a monographic one. Each one of this parts will consist in 36 hours of lesson (the whole course consists in 72 hours of lesson)

The lessons wil begin September 21 2016

First part (general), common for attending and non-attending students 

The main problems of Early modern history

Syllabus:

1. Indroduction: history, history of historiography, and sources.
2. The general framework: historical demography, economy and society of Earli Modern Europe
3. The great discoveries: Columbus and others.
4. Early modern political Europe
5. Religion: Reformation and Counter-Reformation
6. The general crisis of the XVII century.
7. The French Revolution.
8. The industrial revolution.

Second (monographic) part, for attending students (for non-attending students, see below)

Girolamo Savonarola: religion and politics in Italian Renaissance

The monographic part of the course will deal with the life and works of the dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) and with the different interpretations that have been given to them by his contemporaries and historians. There will be also an appendix, regarding the savonarolan movements in the sixteenth century. The lessons will draw a biographical profile of Savonarola; his preachings ans writings too will be read and analyzed. 

Since it is difficult to find commercial editions of Savonarola's works, the professor will supply the texts that will be read during the lessons

(see below for the textbooks for the exam)

Second (monographic) part for non-attending students

The age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation

For non-attending students, the topic concerns a more general subject, easy to be studied through the readings of texts, without following any lesson.

(see below for the textbooks for the exam)

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding

The students will gain a general and particular knowledge of historical problems of European early modern history. They will also learn how to analyze historical documents that reflect the main issues of European early modern history.

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Applying knowledge and understanding

The students will learn how to communicate and express their ideas about historical events, and to found them upon the sources and their interpretations.


Making judgements

The students will learn how to search history books  and how to read them.

Communication

The students will learn how to talk about early modern history in front of an audience, to formulate problems and to found their assertions upon a strong basis.

Lifelong learning skills

The students will be ready to gain more knowlegde about history.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

None.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Oral lessons. A written (non mandatory) proof will take place after the first part of the lessons (see below).

Attendance

Attendance is strictly recommended, but not mandatory.

Course books

Textbooks for the first part of the course

A modern history handbook (chosen between the two listed below), and a complementary textbook:

1. One of the following handbooks:

a. FRANCESCO BENIGNO, L'età moderna. Dalla scoperta dell'America alla Restaurazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2005;
b. CARLO CAPRA, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Firenze, Le Monnier, 2004 (until chapter 25 included, that is, until page 320)

2. Complementary textbook, chosen between the following:

GIAMPAOLO ROMAGNANI, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII secolo). Temi e problemi storiografici, Roma, Carocci, 2010

GUIDO DALL'OLIO, Storia Moderna. I temi e le fonti, Roma, Carocci, 2004.

Second (monographic) part of the course (mandatory textbooks):

Donald Weinstein, Savonarola. Ascesa e caduta di un profeta del Rinascimento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013.

Tamar Herzig, Le donne di Savonarola. Spiritualità e devozione nell'Italia del Rinascimento, Roma, Carocci, 2014.

The students will study the books listed above, but they have to know also the documents and the parts of the works that the professor will analyze during the lessons, that will be uploaded on the platform "Moodle" for blended learning

 

Assessment

The final exam will be an oral exam, with questions and answers.

The written proof consists in open questions (it's not a multiple choice test)

If the student choose to give the written proof after the first part of the lessons, the final exam will consist only in questions concerning the second part of the course (on Savonarola). The final grade will be the mean between the written proof and the oral exam. 

If the student didn't pass the written proof, or if he chooses not to give it, the final, oral exam will concern both the first and the second part of the course 

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Individual study

Course books

First part of the course (identical for attending and non-attending students):

Textbooks for the first part of the course

A modern history handbook (chosen between the two listed below), and a complementary textbook:

1. One of the following handbooks:

a. FRANCESCO BENIGNO, L'età moderna. Dalla scoperta dell'America alla Restaurazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2005;
b. CARLO CAPRA, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Firenze, Le Monnier, 2004 (until chapter 25 included, that is, until page 320)

2. Complementary textbook, chosen between the following:

GIAMPAOLO ROMAGNANI, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII secolo). Temi e problemi storiografici, Roma, Carocci, 2010

GUIDO DALL'OLIO, Storia Moderna. I temi e le fonti, Roma, Carocci, 2004.

Second (monographic) part of the course:

For non-attending students, the topic is different, closer to early modern European (general) history.

The textbooks (all mandatory) are: 

Roland H. Bainton, La Riforma protestante, Torino, Einaudi, 1960 (and reprints)
Guido Dall'Olio, Martin Lutero, Roma, Carocci, 2013
Ottavia Niccoli, La vita religiosa nell'Italia moderna, sec. XV-XVIII, Roma, Carocci, 2008
Adriano Prosperi, Il Concilio di Trento. Una introduzione storica, Torino, Einaudi, 2001

Assessment

Oral exam.

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