Contemporary History

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
ITALY AND EUROPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: POLITICAL-SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DYNAMICS

The Course aims to develop the knowledge of the main events and the most significant issues of contemporary history in national and international contexts, to analyze and interpret the political-social, economic and cultural dynamics that characterized the twentieth century. The Course will then explore some of the most relevant themes of the contemporary age, such as nation building and nineteenth and twentieth century nationalisms, the rise and fall of old and new empires, colonialism and its dismantling, totalitarianism, the Cold War and the most recent changes in the international balance. The discussion of these topics will make use of the contributions of the most recent historiography and the citation of inherent printed, literary and iconographic documents.
Expected learning outcomes
The learning outcomes expected at the end of the Course are: the acquisition by the student of understanding and the ability to contextualize the different phenomena in the contemporary historical process; the awareness of the complexity of the conceptual criteria of periodization, also in reference to the historiographical debate; the development of a critical reflection, in a comparative framework, on the relevant issues in national and international affairs from the 20th century to the beginning of the XXI; the ability to apply the critical method of historical analysis to the investigation of contemporary reality. The final exam aims to verify the level of learning of the topics covered and a deepening of the same on the basis of an integrative apparatus of readings indicated during the Course.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
The course aims to examine the main events and phenomena that characterize the twentieth century in the national and international context.
In particular, the following topics will be analyzed:
Political and cultural currents of the early twentieth century;
First World War;
Russian revolution and international communism;
Fascism in Europe;
From the Second World War to the Cold War;
Globalization.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are required.
Teaching methods
The course includes frontal lessons.
Teaching Resources
For ATTENDING students:

- Knowledge of the topics covered in the course;

- Study of a text (main text) chosen from the following:

F. Della Peruta, Il Novecento. Dalla "grande guerra" ai giorni nostri, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2002;

­G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, Storia contemporanea. Il Novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.

- Study of a text chosen from the following:

G. Turi, Il nostro mondo. Dalle grandi rivoluzioni all'11 settembre, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2006, limitatamente ai capp. V-XIV;

E. J. Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve. 1914-1991, Milano, BUR Rizzoli, 2014;

P. Dogliani, Il fascismo degli italiani. Una storia sociale, Torino, UTET, 2014;

G. Crainz, Storia della Repubblica. L'Italia dalla Liberazione ad oggi, Roma, Donzelli, 2016;

F. Romero, Storia della guerra fredda. L'ultimo conflitto per l'Europa, Torino, Einaudi, 2009.

For NOT ATTENDING students:

- Study of a text (main text) chosen from the following:

F. Della Peruta, Il Novecento. Dalla "grande guerra" ai giorni nostri, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2002;

­G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, Storia contemporanea. Il Novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.

- Study of two texts chosen from the following:

G. Turi, Il nostro mondo. Dalle grandi rivoluzioni all'11 settembre, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2006, limitatamente ai capp. V-XIV;

E. J. Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve. 1914-1991, Milano, BUR Rizzoli, 2014;

P. Dogliani, Il fascismo degli italiani. Una storia sociale, Torino, UTET, 2014;

G. Crainz, Storia della Repubblica. L'Italia dalla Liberazione ad oggi, Roma, Donzelli, 2016;

F. Romero, Storia della guerra fredda. L'ultimo conflitto per l'Europa, Torino, Einaudi, 2009.
Assessment methods and Criteria
WRITTEN TEST (on computer support).
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Betri Maria Luisa
Professor(s)
Reception:
On appointment