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Jews and Christians in Early Modern Europe
Ebrei e cristiani nell'Europa della prima età moderna.

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Guido Dall'Olio Mondays and Tuesdays after the lesson hours
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
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Learning Objectives

The first part of the course aims to give the students 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 through the reading and the analysis of texts and documents. The general context, however, will be kept into consideration, too.

The knowledge of Early Modern History is necessary for those who will be teacher in the secondary schools, and it also allows the student to acquire more detailed knowledge in other subjects.


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 20, 2021

First part (general)

The main problems of Early modern history


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:

Jews and Christians in early modern Europe

- Introduction: what "Jew" means.

- The Jews in Europe from the Roman Age to the Middle Ages.

- Changes: from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern era.

- Antijudaism or Antisemitism?

- Conversions or expulsion: Spain and Portugal, 1492-1497

- The "Marranos" and their culture

- Martin Luther and the Jews

- Italy: tolerance and repression.

- The Jews and the Inquisition (Spain, Italy, Portugal)

- The Jews and the modern world

- Toward the XX century: the birth of contemporary antisemitism.

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

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons

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)

c. Introduzione alla storia moderna, a cura di Marco Bellabarba e Vincenzo Lavenia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 (Note: this manual is particularly complex and difficult; it is intended only for students who are strongly interested in world history)

2. Complementary textbook, chosen between the following:

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

b. GUIDO DALL'OLIO, Storia Moderna. I temi e le fonti. Nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2017.

Textbooks for the students who choosse to give the exam in English

M. E. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2013 (and later reprints)

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

The following three texts (all of them mandatory)

1. Piero Stefani, Gli ebrei, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1997 (and subsequent reprints) [introductory reading]

2. Anna Foa, Ebrei in Europa. Dalla peste nera all'emancipazione, XIV-XVIII secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1992 (and subsequent reprints)

3. Marina Caffiero, Storia degli ebrei nell'Italia moderna. Dal Rinascimento alla Restaurazione, Roma, Carocci, 2014

Textbooks for the students who choose to give the exam in English (both mandatory):

Jonathan I. Israel, European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism 1550-1750, Oxford, Oxford UP, 1985 (and later reprints);

Marina Caffiero, Forced Baptism: Histories of Jews, Christians, and Converts in Papal Rome, University of California Press, 2011

NOTICE: Beyond the reading of the above texts, the students have to study the primary and secondary sources that the lecturer will make available on Moodle platform for blended learning, that will be analyzed during the lessons

Textbooks for the students who choose to give the exam in English

1.  General History:

M. E. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2013 (and following reprints)

2.     Erasmus of Rotterdam: a Christian scholar in Reformation Europe (1466-1536)

R. H. Bainton, Erasmus of Christendom, Peabody (MA), 2016

Peter G. Bietenholz, Encounters with a Radical Erasmus. Erasmus' Work as a Source of Radical Thought in Early Modern Europe, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2009

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