Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Seat of the course: 
Varese - Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (56 hours)


Final Examination: 

The final exam will be written (length: 90 minutes) and will consist of two parts: the first part (length: 30 minutes) will be a multiple-choice exam consisting of 30 questions (1 point for each correct answer; -0,2 for each incorrect answer; 0 point for no answer); the second part (length: 60 minutes) will be an open-question exam consisting of three open questions (two questions concerning the main themes covered during the course, one question concerning the book at choice) where the student is asked to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the course contents, and his/her ability to place events to the broader historical context using an appropriate language.
The exam is passed with a score of 18/30 minimum in both sections.
The final grade is derived from the average of the two scores.

Voto Finale

The course is aimed at introducing students to the main events of the European History from the XVth to the end of the XVIIIth century and at providing them with methodological instruments. The course will examine the main political, economic, social, religious and cultural developments that occurred in Europe in the Early modern period with a special focus on the European Expansion, especially in the New World, and its consequences.

The course addresses issues of historical methodology, such as sources, periodization, historical interpretation, and it investigates the core themes of modern European history. Special attention will be paied on

1. The geographical discoveries.
2. The European Overseas Empires.
3. The “columbian exchange” and the “Magellan exchange”.
4. The Mediterranean: old and new hegemonies.
5. Piracy and Privateering.
6. The missionary activities.
7. The spreading of knowledge.

Class notes.
C. Capra, Storia moderna (1492-1848), Le Monnier università, Firenze; Mondadori Education, Milano, 2016, chapters 1-25.
One book among the following:
D. Abulafia, La scoperta dell'umanità. Incontri atlantici nell'età di Colombo, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010;
G.J. Ames, L’età delle scoperte geografiche, 1500-1700, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011;
C.C. Mann, 1493. Pomodori, tabacco e batteri. Come Colombo ha creato il mondo in cui viviamo, Mondadori, Milano, 2017;
G. Marcocci, Indios, cinesi, falsari. Le storie del mondo nel Rinascimento, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2016;
F. Morelli, Il mondo atlantico (secoli XV-XIX), Carocci, Roma, 2013.

Additional readings will be recommended in class and/or uploaded in the course webpage.
Non-attending students: in addition to the books mentioned above C.H. Parker, Relazioni globali nell'età moderna (1400-1800), Il mulino, Bologna, 2012.


The course is held in the Spring semester and it consists of 56 hours of lectures.