History of Italy

Course Information
TitleΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΙΤΑΛΙΑΣ / History of Italy
Title in ItalianStoria d'Italia
SchoolItalian Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006618

Programme of Study: UPS School of Italian Language and Literature 2013

Registered students: 58
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Italian Language and LiteratureMandatory Elective Courses426

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
The course aims to familiarise the students with modern Italian History (15th to 19th cent.) through a critical study of aspects of Italian society and culture. These topics are integrated with the broader framework of European developments which impact and define the course of the Italian peninsula. During the course the students come into contact with the relevant bibliography and use historical maps and other sourses of the period. As further motivation for more active participation, the course offers students the possibility to write papers on the examined topics and present them in class. The course uses the educational platform elearning.auth: https://elearning.auth.gr/course/view.php?id=7257.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course analyzes Italy's society and culture from the time of the great geographical discoveries of the 15th century and the foreign invasions, up to the emergence of nationalism and the creation of the independent Italian state (19th cent.). Here is an overview of the particular areas examined: Methodological issues in the study of modern Italian history; division in periods; historiographic approaches; sourses and tools of research. The great geographical discoveries: conditions and motives; the Italian contribution; economic and political consequences affecting the Italian states. French - Spanish competition for control of the Italian peninsula. Reformation and Counter-reformation: their impact on the social and cultural development of the peninsula. Italy during the era of European absolute monarchies: under Spanish rule (political and economic recession, social and cultural crisis). The scientific revolution in Europe (16th-18th cent.): sciences and culture in Italy. The formation of elements of national identity: how foreigners viewed the Italians. The Enlightenment, the enlightened monarchy, the reforms in Europe and in Italy. The French revolution. The Napoleonic rule. The Restoration. The impact of the French dominarion, the emergence of nationalisms and revolutions. The Italian nationalist movement (Risorgimento) and the process to the achievement of national unification. The creation of the independent Italian state (1861).
History of Italy, Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, Early Modern Era.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
PC, internet, eClass, e-mail, electronic projector.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment753
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
The degree to which each student has met the requirements of the course is assessed by the following means: by his active participation in the class proceedings; by the writing of a paper and presenting and supporting it in class; alternatively, by sitting a two-and-a half-hour long written examination on the covered scientific material, including analysis of written sourses (old documents and maps).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Active participation (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
– Burns E.Μ., Ευρωπαϊκή Ιστορία. Ο Δυτικός Πολιτισμός: Νεότεροι Χρόνοι, μτφρ. Τ. Δαρβέρης, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2006. – Berstein S, Milza P., Ιστορία της Ευρώπης, τόμ. 1, μτφρ. Μ. Κοκολάκης, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 1997.
Additional bibliography for study
– Παγκράτης Γ. Δ., Ιστορία της Ιταλίας: Από τη συνθήκη του Λόντι στην ενοποίηση (1454-1870), Αθήνα: Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Συγγράμματα www.kallipos.gr, 2016. Προσβάσιμο στον ακόλουθο ιστότοπο: https://repository.kallipos.gr/handle/11419/3959. – Davies N., Ιστορία της Ευρώπης, 2 τόμοι, μτφρ. Π. Μαρκέτου & Ι. Πεντάζου, Αθήνα: Νεφέλη, 2009-2010, κεφ. VII-X. – Wiesner-Hanks Μ. Ε., Πρώιμη Νεότερη Ευρώπη, 1450-1789, μτφρ. Ε. Καλογιάννη, Αθήνα: Ξιφαράς, 2008. – Milza P., Storia d’Italia dalla preistoria ai giorni nostri, Μιλάνο: Corbaccio, 2006, cap. Χ-ΧΧ. – Procacci G., Storia degli italiani, 2 τόμοι, Μπάρι-Ρώμη: Laterza, 20064, parte 1a cap. IV-VI & parte 2a cap. I-VI. –Volpe G., Medio Evo italiano, Roma – Bari, Laterza, 20034. – Hanlon G., Storia dell’Italia Moderna, 1550-1800, Μπολώνια: il Mulino, 2002. – Salvatorelli L., Sommario della storia d’Italia, Torino, Einaudi, 199911. – Casanova C., L’Italia Moderna. Temi e orientamenti storiografici, Ρώμη: Carocci, 2001. – Greco G., Cronologia dell’Italia Moderna, Ρώμη: Carocci, 2003. – Gramsci Α., Il Risorgimento, εισαγωγή Λ. Αξελός, μτφρ. Γ. Μαχαίρας, Αθήνα: Στοχαστής, 1987.
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