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Il progetto mira ad approfondire le indagini su due delle aree economicamente più dinamiche d’Europa,l’Italia centro-settentrionale e la costellazione delle città mercantili della Germania meridionale (Augsburg, Norimberga, Ulm), lavorando ad un inquadramento storiograficamente aggiornato del complesso delle strutture del commercio transalpino.

Modernity is a troubled subject. In our view it lasts from the Humanism (end of 15th century) to the 70s of the 20th century. It is centered on two oppositions: on the one side, the affirmation of the centrality of the individual (primacy of personal conscience, liberty of thought and enterprise, passage “from status to contract” - to borrow the famous sentence of Henry Maine); on the opposite side, the coming back of the dimension of the “social” (the body politics, the state as a “governing force” both on an economic and a social level, the duties towards men cultural identities, etc.).

The research project addresses the issue of historical transition, i.e. looks at how "cultural" paradigms, which allow individuals and political communities to understand and master historical dynamics, dissolve and rebuild. "Culture" is precisely understood as the term-concept to represent different phenomena, ranging from intellectual elaborations to communication experiences, to spontaneous or disciplined constructions of elements of "education", to the development of management and control tools of the public space and institutional structures they are overseen by.

The time period considered is long-term, because it starts roughly from the phase of the "wars of Italy" (1494) and extends up to the perceptions of radical transformations that took place during the early ‘70s of the twentieth century.

Within the project on transition each researcher is working on their own specific project, which can be looked up in the "Transition projects" section alongside.

The research project aims at reconstructing, limited to certain stages of World War II, the problem of the weight of history in the management of political transitions. It is built around three different themes: the formation of a new constitutional culture in Italy and Germany, the management of political change between the late fifties and early sixties in Italy and France, the reconstruction of national identity in Austria.
Project co-sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto.

The project aims to provide a historical study of the documentation contained in the ‘Tridentine Acts’ (‘Atti Trentini-Trientner Archiv. Abteilung Akten’) collection currently conserved in the Trento State Archives, and to draw up a new and comprehensive Italian-language inventory using the computerised AST system of the Soprintendenza per i Beni librari e archivistici della Provincia autonoma di Trento (Libraries and Archives Heritage Board of the Autonomous Province of Trento).
Project co-funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto and by PAT.

The project analizes conflicts that arose within communities or among various communities and studies federative processes stemming from the union of several communities. Around that first core of the research a second side has developed with a focus on networks outside the communities; here the role of the aristocrats is analysed as they handle the organization of war.
The project is co-funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto and the University of Kyoto.

The 3-year project aims to inventory and appraise (for archival and historiographic content) the documents in the archive section Libri Copiali, Series I (1487-1671) and II (1730-1801) forming part of theTrento episcopal principate Archive, housed in the Trento State Archives.
Project financed by PAT.

This project was born of a realisation that Italian historiography was progressively losing importance in the international historical debate on the Great War.
In response to this risk of marginalisation it was decided to set up a new research unit, the first in Italy to be devoted exclusively to the 1914-1918 conflict.
Project financed by PAT.

The TREWI project sets out to identify, describe and inventory documents kept in the Trento State Archive and the Vienna Kriegsarchiv which may be of interest to studies of the Great War. Working in tandem with the Trento Provincial Archive and the Rovereto War Museum, which have outlined the scientific contents, project TREWI aims to identify and describe sources indispensable for studying certain social phenomena characterising the World War I years and the immediate run-up to them.
Project financed by PAT.

The project aims to shed light upon the lines of continuity/breakage and upon the processes of transition which characterised the presence and the political and national choices of the Italian State in the border zones in the 20th Century.
Post-doc project financed by PAT.