The aim of this course is to introduce to the students the chronological order of political events in the late medieval Split, in the context of social, administrative and territorial formation of the city in the 15th century. Students will learn how to consider the development features of late medieval Split economy in the economic policy of the Venetian government. The aim of the course is also to train the students for understanding the social policy of Split in the late Middle Ages and to teach them how to consider the health provisions of the Republic of Venice in the 15th century. Students will learn to appreciate the Split's cultural heritage from the period of Gothic and early Renaissance and understand its reflection in the historical identity of the city. The main goal of this course is to introduce to the students the everyday life of Split in the late Middle Ages, through the plebeians and noble culture of housing and clothing, and food culture.
Week 1: Historiography of Split: the most significant authors and their works in the context of political, social and economic history of the late Middle Ages.
Week 2: The early era of historical development: from the Imperial Palace to the medieval municipalities - urban image, the structure of society, the church organization.
Week 3: The maturation of Split society: regimen Latinorum of Archdeacon Toma, the professional organization, the new territorial organization of the city, forming of district.
Week 4: Split under the Venetian rule: a new political and administrative organization, the implementation of Venetian laws and terminations, new visual signs of urban identity, economic topography of split in the 15th century.
Week 5: The Venetian influences on the Split society: the migrations of the population, changes in the ethnic structure, language differences, social stratification, the organization of new nobility, the rise of communal citizens, plebeians revolt in the early 16th century.
Week 6: The period of the Ottoman threat: the fall of Bosnia under the Ottoman rule, migrations from the Bosnian hinterland, the Turkish invasion in the Split district, conquering Klis, defensive reinforcements of the city.
Week 7: Split in the economic policy of Venice: trade ban, the new export policy, salt monopoly, supervision of food businesses, indifference in craft production, braking shipbuilding, general stagnation of the economy.
Week 8: The Split Church and the churches in the late Middle Ages: the position of the most important churches and monasteries in the city area; the role and influence of the Church in the late mediaeval Split society.
Week 9: Health policy of Venetian government in the late Middle Ages: a contagious epidemic in the late Middle Ages, demographics and economic problems; Venetian provisions in the health care system, the Split hospital and leprosarium, raising lazaretto.
Week 10: The social welfare of Split commune: the development and operation of the fraternities, impacts on society, the Venetian bans.
Week 11: The Split humanists in the aate Middle Ages and early modern period: Marco Marulić, Dmine Papalić, Peter Petračić, Nicholas Alberti.
Week 12: The late medieval artistic heritage of Split: Gothic and early Renaissance art - stylistic features and the most significant examples; Juraj Dalmatinac, Andrija Alesi and Nicholas of Florence in Split.
Week 13: Lifestyle of late medieval Split society: households and housing culture - external appearance and interior equipment; Gothic noblemen's palaces in Split.
Week 14: Lifestyle of late medieval Split society: culture of dressing and eating - fashion and food as status symbols, differences between classes, the specifics of the clergy.
Week 15: Final view. Preparation of students for the exam.