82419 - Politics and Historiography of 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 module, the student can move from knowledge of events to reflection on historical facts, through both 1) the conceptions and views of contemporaries in the course of time and 2) of the current different interpretations of those events, Historical facts and conceptions.

Course contents

Mirrors of politics.

The biography as a historical and historiographic genre.

The course intends to address the topic of historical biography as a historiographical genre. Since the eighties and nineties of the last century, a series of debates, especially in the French and German areas have revealed, in their most recent developments, a deepening of the possible use of the biographical module by the socalled "new political history".

The latest research shows how the personal approach (not excluding autobiography and the bulk of ego-documents) and the category of individual prove to be particularly functional to describe the historical reality, especially of the countries that are going through a transition phase.

These results open new and interesting glimpses also regarding the repercussions in the debate on history and biography.

The course will initially include a broad reflection on historical biography, a genre that in recent years has been a great success; we will compare ourselves with the range of concepts and authors from different horizons and genres; the biography will be analyzed as a hybrid genre, in tension between history and fiction; the rapprochement between history and biography; the fusion of rhetoric, narration and eloquence; the dualism biography and autobiography. 

 

In the sign of continuity with the previous module (History of Europe in the modern age), it will be better understood how the biographical genre is particularly effective in reconstructing the political activity of the protagonists and how much their personal experiences have influenced diplomatic relations since the modern age.

 

Readings/Bibliography

In addition to the lecture notes, you will choose between the following texts:

- R. Black, Machiavelli. L'uomo, il politico, il letterato, Roma, Viella, 2022

- A. Necci, La regina e l'imperatrice. Maria Antonietta e Maria Teresa. Due destini tra l'assolutismo e il dramma della Rivoluzione, Venezia, Marsilio, 2022

- A. Orefice, Le Austriache. Maria Antonietta e Maria Carolina, sorelle regine tra Parigi e Napoli, Roma, Salerno, 2022

- G. Parker, L'imperatore. Vita di Carlo V, Milano Hoepli, 2021

- G. Sodano, Elisabetta Farnese.Duchessa di Parma, regina consorte di Spagna, matrona d'Europa, Roma, Salerno, 2021

- M. Natalizi, Oltre le stanze della zarina. Una biografia politica di Caterina la Grande, Roma, Salerno, 2021

- S. Tirini, Vita di Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier contessa di Rumford,Bologna, Clueb, 2021

- R. Zaretsky, Caterina e Diderot. L'imperatrice, il filosofo e il destino dell'Illuminismo, Milano, Hoepli, 2020

- M. Pellegrini, Savonarola, Roma, Salerno, 2020

- A. Necci, Isabella e Lucrezia, le due cognate. Donne di potere e di corte nell’Italia del Rinascimento, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2020

- M. Mazzotti, Maria Gaetana Agnesi e il suo mondo. Una vita tra scienza e carità, Roma, Carocci, 2019

- M. Firpo - G. Maifreda, L'eretico che salvò la Chiesa.Il cardinale Giovanni Morone e le origini della Controriforma, Torino, Einaudi, 2019

- A. Mattone, Don Juan Vivas de Cañamas. Da ambasciatore spagnolo in Genova a viceré del Regno di Sardegna, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2019

- L. Bergreen, Oltre i confini del mondo. Magellano e la circumnavigazione del globo, Milano, Harper Collins, 2019

- A. Orefice, Eleonora Pimentel Fonseca, Roma, Salerno, 2019

- A. Necci, Caterina de’ Medici. Un’italiana alla conquista della Francia, Venezia, Marsilio, 2019

- G. Fragnito, La Sanseverino. Giochi erotici e congiure nell'Italia della Controriforma, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019

- M. Moneta, Un veneziano alla corte Moghul. Vita e avventure d Nicolò Manucci nell'India del Seicento, Torino, UTET, 2018.

- J.-Cl. Martin, Robespierre, Roma, Salerno, 2018

- A. Petrosillo, Maria Maddalena d'Austria. una figlia dell'Impero nella Firenze medicea, Napoli, Guida, 2018

- A. Spagnoletti, Filippo II, Roma, Salerno, 2018

- E. Fiume, Giovanni Calvino, Roma, Salerno, 2017

- S. Nitti, Lutero, Roma, Salerno, 2017

- E. Crankshaw, Maria Teresa d'Austria. Vita di un'imperatrice, Milano, Ugo Mursia Editore, 2017

- P. Burke, Il Re Sole, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2017

- A. Barbero, Federico il Grande, Palermo, Sellerio, 2017

- G. Fragnito, Storia di Clelia Farnese. Amori, potere, violenza nella Roma della Controriforma, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016

- A. Roberts, Napoleone il Grande, Torino, UTET, 2016

- S. Subrahmanyam, Vita e leggenda di Vasco de Gama, Roma, Carocci, 2016

- M. Viroli, Il sorriso di Niccolò. Storia di Machiavelli, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2016

- L. Mascilli Migliorini, Napoleone, Roma, Salerno, 2015

- A. Necci, Il diavolo zoppo e il suo compare. Talleyrand e Fouché o la politica del tradimento, Venezia, Marsilio, 2015

- G. Airaldi, Andrea Doria, Roma, Salerno, 2015

- S. Tabacchi, Mazzarino, Roma, Salerno, 2015

- G. Caridi, Carlo III, Roma, Salerno, 2014

- L. Mascilli Migliorini, Metternich, Roma, Salerno, 2014

- - G. Fragnito, Storia di Clelia Farnese. Amori, potere, violenza nella Roma della Controriforma, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013

- G.M. Barbuto, Machiavelli, Roma, Salerno, 2013

- A. Necci, Re Sole e lo Scoiattolo. Nicolas Fouquet e la vendetta di Luigi XIV, Marsilio, Venezia, 2013

- L. Hughes, Pietro il Grande, Torino, Einaudi, 2012

- S. Tabacchi, Maria de' Medici, Roma, Salerno, 2012

- G. Greco, Benedetto XIV. Un canone per la Chiesa, Roma, Salerno, 2011


 

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.

 

For students attending

Attending students are required to prepare a paper of about ten folders (10,000 characters max, spaces included), to be presented preferably in class during the course in a seminar course, and an oral interview.

The paper, accompanied by notes and bibliography, will have to critically retrace one of the readings in the program assigned by the teacher, must show a mature capacity for analysis and synthesis, bringing out the distinctive traits of the character.

The oral interview will focus on the topics covered during the lessons, on the reports heard and on the topics covered in two seminars of the cycle: "Sources and methodologies of historical research".

 

For students not attending 

For non- Attendees, the exam will be held exclusively in oral form and will focus on two texts personally agreed with the teacher by e-mail well in advance..

 

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