29479 - History of Emilia-Romagna in the Middle Ages (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The student at the end of the module acquires in-depth and specific knowledge of regional history. The student acquires a thorough knowledge, chronologically oriented, according to a critical and problematic approach. Students will show awareness of the importance of historical memory in contemporary culture, and will understand the most important historical-political and institutional dynamics that characterized the region in the Middle Ages.

Course contents

The programme will study, with deepenings and comparisons, themes, problems, events typical of the political, institutional, religious and cultural history of Emilia and Romagna, from Rimini to Piacenza, during centuries between 1000 and 1500. Particularly attention will be about history of towns as exemple and in connection with teaching of medieval urban civilization. In fact, the strong urban expression, however integrated with an equally strong presence of territory and country, is the most important aspect in central and ending medieval centuries in our region.

Practically, the course of study will last thirty hours. These are the topics: 1) Bibliographic sources and updates for 8 hours; 2) The first half of XI century: the powers of Ravenna and Canossa for 4 hours; 3) Between the XI and XII centuries: political and institutional renovations for 2 hours; 4) The first half of XII century; the Comune for 2 hours; 5) The second half of XII century: the struggles against the Empire, eminent cities for 2 hours; 6) The first half of XIII century: developments of the Comune and the birth of the Estense lordship for 2 hours; 7) The second half of XIII century: the loss of citizens balances; the Papacy in our region for 2 hours; 8) Between the XIII and XIV centuries: the beginning of stately governments in the cities for 2 hours; 9) The first half of XIV century: instabilities, venture companies, wars, Avignon Papacy, Signorie outside the region for 2 hours; 10) The second half of XIV century: the reconquest of the Papacy, Eight Saints War, Signorie outside the region for 2 hours; 11) XV century: the end of the Lords; Papacy, Milan, Venice, Florence for 2 hours.

The presence in class is very important in the learning and assessment process. Some starting hours will be dedicated to presentation, with practical exemples, of the chief sources and studies thanks to which it was possible to write the general history of Emilia and Romagna in the examined period.


ATTENDING STUDENTS: A. VASINA, L'area emiliana e romagnola, in "Storia d'Italia diretta da G. Galasso", seventh volume, first tome (entitled Comuni e signorie nell'Italia nordorientale e centrale: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna e Toscana), Torino, UTET, 1987, to which it will be dedicated most part of the lessons. This fundamental essay is (was) published as: A. VASINA, Comuni e signorie in Emilia e in Romagna. Dal secolo XI al secolo XV, Torino, UTET, 1986. Students also must add for the preparation exam: R. PALLOTTI, Castelli e poteri signorili nella Romagna settentrionale (secoli XI-XIII), Cesena, Società Editrice "Il Ponte Vecchio", 2018.


NON ATTENDING STUDENTS: Students who don't attend the lessons must add, for the preparation of the exam, the reading of: L. MASCANZONI, La crociata contro Francesco Ordelaffi (1356-1359) nello specchio della storiografia. Exsurgant Insuper Christi Milites, Bologna, Pàtron Editore, 2017.

Teaching methods

The basic method is characterized by frontal lessons. Since it is a regional history, the teacher will use historical and geographic maps. It is also expected an eventual discussion with the students about themes and problems that have been raised in class.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered attending students. The exam consists of an oral test. The oral examination is meant to value the critical and methodological skills of the student. The student should be able to consult the sources and the bibliography in order to underline the most important aspects of the subject. The abilities of the student to know the sources and the bibliography in order to draw useful informations about the subject will be very appreciate and highly evaluated. A deep knowledge of the subject, a critical overview of it and a specific language will bring to excellent marks. A summary knowledge of the subject, a moderate synthesis and an approximate language will bring to good marks. Formative gaps and unappropriate language will bring to sufficient marks. Formative gaps, unappropriate language and unhability to consult the sources and bibliography will bring to insufficient marks. This 6 CFU course can be chosen as a part of the 12 CFU Integrated Course "Storia regionale e civiltà urbana" (C.I.) (LM)". If the student has the Integrated Course (12 CFU) in his/her study plan, the final grade will be the result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two parts ("Storia dell'Emilia-Romagna nel Medioevo (1) (LM)" and "Storia delle città (1) (LM)").

Teaching tools

Teaching tools such as power point, maps and sources will be provided during the lessons and uploaded in the virtual section of the course.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Pucci Donati