Modern History (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Marina Garbellotti
Marina Garbellotti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA dal Oct 1, 2014 al Nov 16, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3 from Oct 1, 2014  to Nov 16, 2014
Friday 8:50 AM - 11:20 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Oct 24, 2014  to Nov 16, 2014
Friday 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Oct 1, 2014  to Oct 16, 2014

Learning outcomes

Using complementary teaching approaches (lectures on general history, monographic lectures on specific topics, seminars and labs aimed at analysing sources), the course aims to take an in-depth look at problems, working methods and tools used by historians and to provide students with the foundations for an understanding of the reality and dynamics of early modern European societies (XVI-XVIII centuries) through a series of thematic lectures on the most important social and institutional aspects of the modern world. The course specifically aims to prepare students to be able to give a critical reading of historical events and phenomena.


After shedding light on key issues of Italian and European history through an exposition and discussion of a series of political, economic, social, religious and cultural aspects, the course will go on to look at the topic of poverty in the early modern age with special attention devoted to the different types of poor people and how they were perceived, to the charitable institutions that were founded to assist these various categories of needy (abandoned children, men unable to work, “fallen women”, elderly unable to support themselves) and to the measures the authorities adopted to contain the phenomenon of pauperism.

Texts for the examination
General History part

For students who attend and for students who do not attend a good university level manual of modern history. Recommended manuals:

C. Capra, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Firenze, Le Monnier, 2004 oppure M. Rosa, M. Verga, Storia dell’età moderna (1450-1815), Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 1998.

It is recommended to supplement the manual with:
G.P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII secolo, Roma, Carocci, 2010.

Monographic section
One work chosen from among the following by students who are attending and two works chosen by students not attending:

M. Carboni, Le doti della «povertà». Famiglia, risparmio, previdenza: il Monte del Matrimonio di Bologna (1583-1796), Bologna, il Mulino, 1999.
M. Garbellotti, Per carità. Poveri e politiche assistenziali in età moderna, Roma, Carocci, 2013.
B. Geremek, Uomini senza padrone, Einaudi, Torino 1992.
A. Groppi, Il Welfare prima del Welfare. Assistenza alla vecchiaia e solidarietà tra generazioni a Roma in età moderna, Roma, Viella, 2010.
A.G. de Pinto, Il Real Albergo dei poveri di Napoli. Dall’emarginazione all’assistenza (secc. XVIII-XIX), Bari, Cacucci, 2013.
G. Ricci, Povertà, vergogna, superbia. I declassati fra Medioevo e Età moderna, Bologna, il Mulino, 1996.
M. Romanello, Le spose del principe. Una storia di donne: la Casa secolare delle Zitelle di Udine. 1595-1995, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 1995.
N. Terpstra, L'infanzia abbandonata nell'Italia del Rinascimento, Bologna, Clueb, 2014.
G. Todeschini, Visibilmente crudeli. Malviventi, persone sospette e gente qualunque dal Medioevo all'età moderna, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examinations and the subsequent oral examination (only for those who first passed the written exam) must be taken during the same examination period, even if on two different dates. A successful written examination which is not followed by an oral examination in the same examination period will be considered null and will need to be taken again during the next exam period.