Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: HISTORY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN IN MODERN AGE

Course Unit Code: 380MM

Level of course unit

First Cycle (Laurea) Degree Programme in History and Civilizations

Year of study

The course can be taken in either the first or the second year of Second Cycle studies.

Semester when the course is delivered

First semester

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Arturo Pacini
Email: arturo.pacini@unipi.it

Language of instruction

Italian

General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who successfully completes the course will be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of naval warfare in the Mediterranean in the Sixteenth Century.
He or she will be able to demonstrate critical understanding of the historiographical debate on the subject, as well as advanced knowledge of the processes by which geo-political and naval-miltary strategies were elaborated in Spain and in the Italian states of the period.
He or she will also be able to read and interpret original sources appropriate to the topic.

Course contents

The course is entitled: "Geopolitics, strategy and naval warfare in the Mediterranean in the Sixteenth Century: the Spanish perspective".
A certain number of lectures at the beginning of the course will be dedicated to providing the historical and historiographical framework. The course will then take seminar form, in order to examine more deeply the way strategies were formulated and naval-military warfare conducted in the Sixteenth Century in Spain and in the Italian states. The seminars will include reading and analyzing historiographical works and original sources, published and un-published, in Italian and Spanish.

Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study

Prerequisites

None.

Co-requisites

None.

Prerequisite for

None.

Mode of delivery

Delivery

face to face

Attendance

Advised

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

The student will choose a certain number of the following texts, in agreement with the professor:
F. Braudel, Civiltà e imperi del Mediterraneo nell'età di Filippo II, 2 voll., Torino, Einaudi, 1976.
F. Chabod, Lo Stato di Milano nell'epoca di Carlo V, Torino, Einaudi, 1961.
F. Chabod, Carlo V e il suo impero, Torino, Einaudi, 1985.
C. M. Cipolla, Vele e cannoni, Bologna, Il mulino, 1983.
J. H. Elliott, La Spagna imperiale: 1469-1716, Bologna, Il mulino, 1982.
J. H. Elliott, Il miraggio dell'impero, 2. voll., Roma, Salerno, 1991.
J. H. Elliott, La Spagna e il suo mondo (1500-1700), Torino, Einaudi, 1006.
G. Fenicia, Il Regno di Napoli e la difesa del Mediterraneo nell’età di Filippo II, (1556-1598): organizzazione e finanziamento, Bari, Cacucci, 2003.
D. García Hernán, E. García Hernán, Lepanto el dia después, Madrid, Actas, 1999.
J. Glete, La guerra sul mare 1500-1650, Bologna, Il mulino, 2010.
J. F. Guilmartin, Gunpowder and Galleys. Changing Technology and Mediterranean Warfare at Sea in the Sixteenth Century, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1974.
C. Imber, The Ottoman Empire, 1300–1650. The Structure of Power, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
L. Lo Basso, Uomini da remo. Galee e galeotti del Mediterraneo in età moderna, Milano, Selene, 2003.
R. Mantran, Storia dell’impero ottomano, Lecce, Argo, 1999.
D. Nordman, Tempête sur Alger. L'’expédition de Charles Quint en 1541, Saint-Denis, Bouchène, 2011.
F.-F. Olesa Muñido, La Organización naval de los estados Mediterráneos y en especial de España durante los siglos XVI y XVII, 2 voll., Madrid, 1968.
A. Pacini, «Desde rosas a Gaeta». La costruzione della rotta spagnola nel Mediterraneo occidentale nel secolo XVI, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2013.
G. Parker, The Army of Flanders and the Spanish road, 1567-1659: the logistics of Spanish victory and defeat in the Low Countries' Wars, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1972
G. Parker, Un solo re, un solo impero. Filippo II di Spagna, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1985.
G. Parker, La rivoluzione militare. Le innovazioni militari e il sorgere dell’Occidente, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1990.
G. Parker, The grand strategy of Philip II, New Haven, London, Yale University Press, 1998.
M. J. Rodríguez Salgado, Metamorfosi di un impero. La politica asburgica da Carlo V a Filippo II (1551-1559), Milano, Vita e pensiero, 1994.
A. Tenenti, Venezia e i corsari, (1580-1615), Bari, Laterza, 1961.
I. A. A. Thompson, War and Government in Habsburg Spain, 1560-1620, London, The Athlone Press, 1976.
I. A. A. Thompson, War and society in Habsburg Spain. Selected essays, Aldershot, Variorum, 1992
J. D. Tracy, Emperor Charles V, Impresario of War. Campaign Strategy, International Finance, and Domestic Politics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Further information

Students who attend the lectures and participate in the seminars will be able to take periodic written tests, which will be taken into account during the final oral examination. The achievement of those who are not able to attend the course will be assessed during the final oral exam.

Assessment criteria

The student will be assessed on his/her demonstrated ability to discuss the main course contents critically, using the appropriate terminology. - During the oral exam the student must be able to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the course material and be able to discuss the reading matter thoughtfully and with propriety of expression.

Work placement

No

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