Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Venice in Early Modern Times

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Venice is a microcosm in which many things of general importance to the understanding of early modern society, government, and religion can be studied in miniature. These include: the nature of urban aristocracies and their methods of maintaining order, by paternalism, persuasion, or force; the character of republican, as distinct from monarchic, rule; the problems of relations between the clergy and State, and of anticlericalism within the Catholic Church; the causes and effects of economic decline, in foreign competition, exhaustion of resources, or lack of adaptability. The subject will be approached through the study of documents, concentrating quite heavily on the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The course will be taught by lectures and seminars. Students will be asked to write one seminar paper and take an examination at the end.


To try and reconstruct aspects of the past through the study of primary sources.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand early modern society in all its complexity through the study of the main aspects of one of the leading Republics in Europe at the time.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to use a wide range of primary sources in the production of a historical argument.

Reading List:

Set Text:
• Venice: a Documentary History 1450-1630, ed. D. Chambers and B. Pullan. Oxford 1992.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Victor Mallia Milanes

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