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Early Modern History

The research focuses on the simultaneous occurrence of several “extraordinary events” during the pontificates of Pius VII and Gregory XVI (1814-1846) in various parts of Catholic Europe.

As surprising as this may seem, the Church’s view of history and its transition to modernity in the Early Modern period is a subject that is still practically unexplored. This may be explained by an apparent bias towards the visual media such as painting and architecture, both in the past and in the scholarship today.

The Project "Popular courts and legal transition: Rügegerichte in the Sattelzeit 1763-1831” studies the debates around the differents uses of the Rügegerichte in Baden, Wuerttemberg and Saxony

The current research project concerns 16th-century religious history in the Alps, at the frontier between the Habsburg Empire and the Venetian Republic. By studying models of preaching and teaching, it aims to sound the reaction of religious communities to the novelties brought by the Lutheran scission.

Economic historians in the last thirty years have revised their positions on the transition from ancien régime to modernity. Nowadays the industrial revolution is no longer seen as a brief period of ‘take off’, but the upshot of lengthy worldwide transformation, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was much more pronounced in the north-west of Europe: growth in rates of per capita income may have been moderate, but a profound structural change took place and incremental innovation was widespread.

The research project aims to analyse the nature of the public spaces in which political communication occurred in the transitional period of the Italian wars: an epoch of political, economic and religious transitions occurring alongside – and interwoven with – changes in communication, to which the wars contributed decisively.

The starting point of the exiles project is the Urbino Court of Guidobaldo of Montefeltro, a mythic place described by The Courtier of Baldassar Castiglione. Urbino was a center for exiles or members of families in search of political and military success.

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.

The research will focus on examining the Episcopal Principate documentation which got dispersed and separated from its point of origin after the 1803 secularization and then followed different routes from those we currently know about when documentation was transported to Innsbruck, Vienna and Munich at the beginning of, and throughout, the 19th century.
A project co-funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (2012) and by Dipartimento di Lettere, University of Trento

Workshop : “Interessi e regole: operatori e istituzioni nel commercio transalpino in età moderna"

The laboratories held by ISIG-FBK researchers are open to students of the five-year inter-university degree course in "History sciences" run jointly by the Universities of Trento and Verona as part of academic year 2013-2014 following an agreement protocol signed by the Trento Faculty of Letters and Philosophy and the Italian-German Historical Institute (ISIG) of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK). 

Natalie Zemon Davis: passion and history

The objective of the conference is discuss about critical examination of the sources (diplomatic correspondence, corpora of letters, etc.) using a typological approach or from different but complementary standpoints. The overall aim of the seminar is to launch discussion on the production, transmission, and conservation of epistolary types, epistolary practice, and the respective corpora.

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.

The research considers the dynamics and connections among some of the more economically developed areas of the Italian peninsula within the continental context of the first centuries of the modern age. The intention is to examine and describe the changes that came about in the balances among economic hierarchies.

This fist general EDPOP conference aims to bring together European specialists in the fieldof popular print. Although popular print culture has been studied intensively since the 1960’s, this was done mainly with a regional or national focus, based on the assumption that popular print in the vernacular had a limited geographical reach. Recent research has revealed however, that popular print culture had strong European characteristics and an often transnational infrastructure.