Italian History, Society and Culture before the Congress of Vienna 1815
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Itaalia ajalugu, ühiskond ja kultuur kuni Viini kongressini 1815
Course title in English
Italian History, Society and Culture before the Congress of Vienna 1815
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide a general survey of Italian history, society and culture since the barbaric invasions in the 5th century till the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
Brief description of the course
Barbaric invasions and Bytsantine Italy. Lagobard Italy and the foundation the papal state (ca 600-800); the empire and the papal state 800-ca1200; Venice and her maritine hegemony (600-); Sicily and Southern Italy (ca 1130-1300); cities in Northern and central Italy; the decline of papacy and the Avignion captivity(1200-1378); the Black Death and the crisis of the end of the 14th century; economic and cultural boom of the 15th century; Italian wars of the 16th century; counter reformation and the period of Spanish domination; Italy since the Spanish hereditary wars till the French revolution; Napoleonic wars and the Congress of Vienna 1815.
Special focus on the conflicts between empire and papacy, the development of cities and universities, the 13th century mental turn, renaissance, baroque and modern culture.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
Basic knowledge of the main periods of the Italian history from the fall of the Roman empire till 1815 and of medieval, renaissance, baroque and modern cultures in Italy.
The ability to understand the role of Italy during different stages of European cultural history.
Capability to understand and analyse the cultural patrimony in the present-day Italian society.
prof. Ülar Ploom (PhD)