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Rome, Italy

Early Modern Italy – From Columbus to Beccaria

Global Temple Conference

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Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Spring 2018
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This course will present an overview of “Italy without Italy,” that is of the consolidation of an Italian cultural identity in the absence of a unified state, and in the presence of foreign occupation in Lombardy and Naples. Other topics will include the rebirth of the empire under the Habsburgs, tensions with the papacy, the impact of Luther’s and Henry’s challenges, the Turkish threat and the Counterreformation.  The course will conclude with the 18th century and an Italian enlightenment on par with the rest of Europe, with Cesare Beccaria, who had an impact on the American founding fathers as its most significant representative. The broader European and global context will be the consistent emphasis of the course.