T C 357 • Italy in the Making: State and Society in Italy 1600-1860-W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Recent political upheavals underscore the fragility of the bonds between contemporary society and the state. In Italy, this recent crisis of allegiance has been particularly acute. What are the historical origins of Italian attitudes to the state and its role in society? This course will explore Italian politics and society between the sixteenth century and the mid-nineteenth century. During this period the peninsula was divided into many different regions. What was the character of civil and political life in these diverse territories? How did people within these states come to think of themselves as subjects of those particular territories? Why did there arise in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries new ideas about he role of the state and the existence of a Italian national identity?
About the professor: Professor Castiglione earned her doctorate in history at Harvard University in 1995. She recently won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and is currently working on a book entitled The Power of Paradoxes: Practicing Good Government in Early Modern Italy. She also teaches courses on popular culture and 18th-century Europe.
This course contains a substantial writing component. This is also a discussion, or seminar course. Twice weekly meetings require students to analyze primary and secondary sources and to come prepared to discuss them. Two papers, 5 pages (30%) Rewrite of one of the 2 papers into longer essay (7 pages), with a bibliography (30%) Preparation of discussion questions and participation (10%) Weekly one-page writing assignments (30%)
George Holmes (ed.), The Oxford History of Italy Carlo Ginzburg, Night Battles Edward Muir, Mad Blood Stirring Edward Muir, Civic Rituals in Renaissance Venice Mary Garrard, Artemisia Gentileschi Lucrezia Marinella, Nobility and Excellence of Women Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed