Medieval Italy: An Introduction to the Sources and Historiography

History 280B

Fall 2014
Section: 
004
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 10-12P
CCN: 
39861
Units: 
4

This seminar is designed to introduce graduate students to the study of Italy during the Middle Ages (c. 500-1300). Key debates and developments in medieval Italian history – such as the phenomenon of incastellamento, the origins of the communes, and differences between north and south – are introduced through the reading of important monographs (e.g., Pierre Toubert's Les structures du Latium médiéval, Cinzio Violante's La società milanese nell’età precomunale, Ron Witt's Two Latin Cultures). This historiographical exploration is combined with an introduction to medieval Italian charters and charter collections. Readings will be in English, Latin, Italian, and French (students must have a reading knowledge of at least three of these to enroll).