82418 - History of Europe in the Modern Age (1) (LM)

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has an in-depth and direct knowledge of the sources and current historiographical trends in different thematic and chronological areas of early modern history. Is able to identify the contribution that this study can make to understanding the present time.

Course contents

Ambasciator non porta pena. 

Diplomatic art in early modern Europe

The course intends to illustrate the mechanisms of diplomacy and the figures of diplomats in early modern Europe. In light of recent historiography, the ars diplomatica will not only be regarded as an appendix to the history of international relations, but open to the stimuli and contaminations deriving from political, social and cultural history.

The course will be part of an introductory part, in which they will provide general guidance on the development of diplomatic systems and on the figure of the ambassador in the framework of ancient Europe.

It will show the path that, since the birth of permanent diplomacy in the Italian states, led to the extinction of the system to the great European states And the promotion of the rule of law.

Next, we will analyze the different types of diplomatic sources (treaties, instructions, billboards, reports, etc.).

Particular attention will be given to the practice of diplomacy at the European courts of the modern age and the production of the treatise on the figure of the ambassador in the political reflection on the reason of state and on other figures such as the courtesan, the secretary, the confessor, etc.

If stable diplomacy has been one of the innovative and crucial components of the history of modern Europe, in the next module (Politics and historiography of the modern age) we will deal with biography as a historical and historiographic genre, strategic for reconstructing political activity and relationship in ancient regime.

 

 

Readings/Bibliography

To know more, in addition to the lecture notes, choose between the following texts:       

  • P. Volpini, Ambasciatori nella prima età moderna tra corti italiane ed europee, Roma, Sapienza University Press, 2022
    • Alvise Mocenigo Dalle Gioie ambasciatore di Venezia. Lettere e dispacci dalla Germania e dalla Francia, 1502-1506, a cura di P. Braunstein, Roma, Viella, 2021
    • L. Piffanelli, Politica e diplomazia nell'Italia del primo Rinascimento. Per uno studio della guerra contra et adversus ducem Mediolani, Rome, EFR, 2020
    • G.N. Pittalis, I segreti della diplomazia veneziana. Accordi e trattati internazionali degli archivi della Serenissima, Villorba, Biblioteca dei Leoni, 2020
    • P. Volpini, Il viaggio dell'ambasciatore. Tra Stati italiani e corti europee (XVI-XVII s.), Roma, Tab, 2020
    • A. Zagli, Politica e diplomazia nella Roma dei papi alla fine del '500. I "Diari" di Giovanni Niccolini ambasciatore fiorentino (1588-1593), Pisa, Pacini, 2019
    • A. Boccolini, Roma e Vienna. Alfonso Litta nunzio straordinario tra diplomazia e cerimoniale (1678): appendice documentaria, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2019

    • G. Alonge, Ambasciatori. Diplomazia e politica nella Venezia del Rinascimento, Roma, Donzelli, 2019

    • Roma centro della diplomazia internazionale tra Quattrocento e Cinquecento, a cura di A. Fara - E. Plebani, Roma, Roma nel Rinascimento, 2019

    • B. Grancelli, Nobili, mercanti e navigatori framuresi. Azione economica, arte, diplomazia nel secolo dei genovesi, Massa Carrara, Impressum, 2019

    • S. Bottari, Alle origini della questione d’Oriente. Il conflitto russo-turco nel 1768-1774 e la diplomazia degli Stati italiani, Roma, Società editrice Dante Alighieri, 2018

    • Diplomazie. Linguaggi, negoziati e ambasciatori fra XV e XVI secolo, a cura di E. Plebani, E. Valeri, P. Volpini, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2017

    • S. Špoliarič, Ruggero Boscovich. Al servizio della diplomazia della Repubblica di Ragusa, Dubrovnik-Zagreb, Ministero degli Affari Esteri ed Europei della Repubblica di Croazia, 2017

    • M. Calcagni, La Toscana del Granduca Ferdinando II. Diplomazia, cerimonie e quotidianità alla corte dei Medici (1661-1664), Firenze, Pontecorboli, 2017

    • Diplomazia e comunicazione letteraria nel secolo XVIII. Gran Bretagna e Italia, a cura di F. Fedi - D. Tongiorgi, Roma, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2017

    • Noel Malcolm, Agenti dell’Impero. Cavalieri, corsari, gesuiti e spie nel Mediterraneo del Cinquecento, Milano, Hoepli, 2016

    • P. Preto, I servizi segreti di Venezia. Spionaggio e controspionaggio ai tempi della Serenissima, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2016

    • A. Pennini, «Con la massima diligentia possibile». Diplomazia e politica estera sabauda nel primo Seicento, Roma, Carocci, 2015

    • A. Monti, L’assedio di Firenze (1529-1530). Politica, diplomazia e conflitto durante le guerre d’Italia, Pisa, Pisa University Press, 2015

    • A. Castelot, La diplomazia del cinismo. La vita e l’opera di Talleyrand, l’inventore della politica degli equilibri della Rivoluzione francese alla Restaurazione, Milano, Res Gestae, 2014

    • Corti e diplomazia nell’Europa del Seicento. Correggio e Ottavio Bolognesi (1580-1646), a cura di B.A. Raviola, Mantova, Universitas studiorum, 2014

    • E. Ianiro, Levante. Veneti e Ottomani nel XVIII secolo, Venezia, Marsilio, 2014;

    • P. Anderson, Lo stato assoluto. Origini ed evoluzione dell'assolutismo occidentale e orientale, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2014;

    • A. Tallon, L’Europa del Cinquecento: stati e relazioni internazionali, Roma, Carocci, 2013

    • M. Legnani, Antonio Perrenot de Granvelle. Politica e diplomazia al servizio dell’Impero spagnolo (1517-1586), Milano, Unicopli, 2013

    • La corte estense nel primo Seicento. Diplomazia e mecenatismo artistico, a cura di E. Fumagalli e G. Signorotto, Roma, Viella, 2012

    • A. Bianchi, Al servizio del principe. Diplomazia e corte nel ducato di Mantova, 1665-1708, Milano, Unicopli, 2012

     

    For the specific study of the course:

    • S. Negruzzo, Europa 1655. Memorie dalla corte di Francia, Milano, Cisalpino, 2015.

     

    For students attending

    In addition to the lecture notes, the preparation will focus on a deile readings on the list plus that of further study.

    Participation in two seminars of the cycle: Sources and methodologies of historical research, will be assessed during the examination.

     

    For students not attending

    For those who do not attend the exam, in addition to the in-depth reading, it will focus on two other texts agreed personally, well in advance, with the teacher.

    It is appropriate for students not attending agree on the exam programdirectly with the teacher during office hours or by email, so choose it in a relevant on the basis of their studies.

     

    Teaching methods

    Lectures in face and seminar activities remotely and / or in the classroom

    Assessment methods

    Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

    The exam consists in an oral interview, lasting an average of 20-30 minutes.

    During the examination will be evaluated in-depth knowledge of the issues dealt with in each of the essential texts for the completeness of the program; the ability to recognize, in every text, the sources used and historiographical reconstruction; the expressive mastery and use of a specific language.

    The lack of knowledge of one of the two texts in the program will cause a negative rating.

    Gaps in knowledge of the texts in the program, poor ability to recognize sources and historiographical reconstruction, very inappropriate language will involve an assessment of not more than sufficiency.

    Knowledge mostly mechanical and / or mnemonics, capacity of synthesis and analysis limited, proper language, but not always appropriate, provide for a fair rating.

    Full knowledge of the texts, good capacity of synthesis and analysis, fully valid and appropriate language will allow a good to excellent.

    The present course (6CFU) is a component of the Integrated Course History of the Modern Age C.I. (LM). If the student has the Integrated Course (12CFU) in his / her study plan, the final grade will result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two components (History of Europe in the Modern Age 1, and Politics and Historiography of the Modern Age 2).

      


    Information about the dates of the calls and how to apply the examination will be regularly published on the web page teachers: http://www.unibo.it/docenti/simona.negruzzo.

     

    Teaching tools

    Sources and bibliography

    Office hours

    See the website of Simona Negruzzo