Mediterranean Maritime Supremacy, 1500-1700 (HIH2111A)
|Staff||Professor Maria Fusaro - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
You will need effective communication and analytical skills, oral and written, to complete many of your modules and in a job after you graduate. This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, and in reporting on your work. It provides you with an opportunity to explore an area of history in more depth, and helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history. It will also give you an opportunity to work in a team on a group presentation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Evaluate the role of maritime trade both long-distance and regional during the early modern period in Europe.
- 2. Make a close evaluation of the key developments and debates on the interconnection between maritime, economic and political supremacy, and the reasons behind the economic decline of southern Europe and the ascendancy of northern European countries.
- 3. Evaluate how the maritime expansion of some European states influenced not only the structure of Mediterranean trade but the future developments of European and world history.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Analyse the key developments of European socio-economic history between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
- 5. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary.
- 6. Interpret primary sources.
- 7. Trace long-term as well as short-term historical developments.
- 8. Recognise and deploy historical terminology correctly.
- 9. Assess different approaches to historical writing in areas of controversy.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Work both independently and in a group, including participating in oral seminar discussions.
- 11. Identify a topic, select, comprehend, and organise primary and secondary materials on that topic with little guidance.
- 12. Produce to a deadline and in examination conditions a coherent argument.
The lectures will cover: the medieval background; the Italian maritime supremacy; Genoa and Venice; the impact of the geographical ‘discoveries’; the arrival of the ‘Flemish’; the arrival of the English; Anglo-Spanish conflict and the impact of privateering; galleys and galleons; Muslim and Christian corsairing; the Barbary States; the war of Candia; the beginnings of Greek shipping; the maritime ascendancy of France; Ottoman maritime and naval policy; the Mediterranean in global perspective.
Seminars will focus on the analysis of the integration and competition between commercial sea-routes and land-routes in European trade; the role of the ‘northerners’ in intra-European maritime trade; piracy and coastal economies; the interconnection of maritime trade and naval warfare; the financial infrastructure of Mediterranean trade; the development of legal institutions.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22 hours||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22 hours||Seminars; these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare for each seminar and present on a given topic in groups which shall be organised at the beginning of the course.|
|Guided independent study||22 hours||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234 hours||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan x 1||500 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 minutes||1-11||Written|
|Exam||50||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3000 words||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
|Group Presentation||Script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-11||Referral/deferral period|
|Exam||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
F. Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, 2 vols., Berkeley, 1995;
M. Greene, ‘Beyond the Northern Invasion: The Mediterranean in the Seventeenth Century’, Past and Present, 2002
M. Fusaro, C.J Heywood and M.–S. Omri eds, Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel’s Maritime Legacy, London, 2010
D. Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean, London, 2011
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