Formation of Italian History and Civilisation
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Itaalia ajalugu, ühiskond ja kultuur
Course title in English
Formation of Italian History and Civilisation
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Survey of Italian history, civilisation and culture since the barbaric invasions in the 5th c. A.D. until the Congress of Vienna (1815). Understanding the basic processes in the historical formation of Italian civilisation and culture.
Brief description of the course
Periods and topics: Barbaric invasions and Byzantine Italy; Lombard Italy and the formation of the Papal State (ca 600-800); Empire and Papacy (800-ca 1200); Venice and her hegemony on the Eastern Mediterranean (ca 800-); Sicily and South Italy (ca 1130-1300); Northern and Central Italian cities (ca 1150-1300); the crisis of Papacy and the captivity of Avignon (ca 1200-1378); the Black Death and the crisis of the end of the 14th c and the economical and cultural boom in 15th century Italy; Italian wars in the first half of the 16th c.; Counter-reformation and the period of the Spanish dominion; Italy since the Spanish war of succession until the French revolution, Napoleonic wars and the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Key foci: the conflict between Empire and Papacy, the development of cities and universities, city culture and the so-called 13th century turn, renaissance, baroque and modern culture. Special topics: real ands symbolic space (cartography, art, architecture); the time of saints and the time of merchants; humanism and courts; the dynamics of joke and laughter; the aesthetics of the baroque etc.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has basic knowledge of the main periods in Italian history since the fall of the western Roman Empire until 1815 and of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque culture in Italy;
- is able to see and relate the role of Italy in different stages of European history and cultural history;
- is able to see and analyze the role of historical heritage in today's Italian society.
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