History of Colonialism and Decolonisation

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide information regarding the elements of the long-term history of European colonization and decolonization from the early-modern period to the second half of the 20th century, the main historiographical interpretations of the theme, and the main forms of representation/narrative of colonialism in the cultures of the colonizing countries. The course also aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for both scientific and popular historical communication
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce participants to the historical reflection on the phenomenon of colonialism from a long-term perspective, specifically from the early-modern period to the processes of decolonization in the second half of the twentieth century. This will be accomplished using the most accredited historiography, and with the proposal of research trails on published and unpublished sources, in Italian and foreign languages. Through the analysis of concrete examples, students will be introduced to different methodologies of historical investigation and the study of documentation.
At the end of the course, students will be able to critically read sources and historiographical texts relating to the period and the issues under consideration and develop independent reflections on the main historical issues related to colonialism - at various stages - and decolonization.
These skills will be acquired through direct contact with the instructor in the classroom: in particular, through critical reflection on texts/images/films and other forms of analysis, narration and representation about the phenomena covered by the course. Individual reflection will be stimulated and promoted through a seminar approach, which necessarily involves the interaction of students - with each other and with the instructor - particularly concerning the cultural history of colonial events, from the point of view of the colonizers as well as those of the colonized. These reflections will be articulated, during the course, in the presentation and discussion by the students - individually or in groups - of readings and proposals of analysis suggested by the instructor around the topics of the course and/or those which emerge from the collective discussion.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will find in their dedicated program a wide range of way to approach to the objects of the course, which allow an individual choice and that can possibly be discussed with the teacher himself or with his collaborators during the reception hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: European colonialism (XV-XX centuries) and its legacies
Module 1: Colonialism and the first decolonisation (XVI-XIX centuries)
Module 2: Imperialism and the great decolonisation (XIX-XX centuries)
Module 3: Materials for a cultural history of colonialism and post-colonialism
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the admission to the MA degree in historical science
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on multimedia material.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and/or individual presentations are possible.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1 and 2)
Textbooks: Wolfgang Reinhard, Storia del colonialismo, Einaudi; Michael Burleigh, La genesi del mondo contemporaneo. Il crollo degli imperi coloniali 1945-1965, Feltrinelli
Knowledge of one of the following volumes or groups of essays:
· Cemil Aydin, Il lungo Ottocento. Una storia politica internazionale, Einaudi;
· Raymond Betts, L'alba illusoria. L'imperialismo europeo nell'Ottocento, il Mulino;
· David K. Fieldhouse, Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958, Oxford U.P.;
· David K. Fieldhouse, Politica ed economia del colonialismo 1870-1945, Laterza;
· Daniel R. Headrick, Il predominio dell'occidente. Tecnologia, ambiente, imperialismo, Il Mulino;
· Herbert S. Klein, Il commercio atlantico degli schiavi, Carocci;
· Nicola Labanca, Oltremare. Storia dell'espansione coloniale italiana, il Mulino;
· Massimo Livi Bacci, Conquista. La distruzione degli Indios americani, Il Mulino;
· Gilles Manceron, Marianne et les colonies: une introduction à l'histoire coloniale de la France, La Découverte ;
· Federica Morelli, L'indipendenza dell'America spagnola. Dalla crisi della monarchia alle nuove repubbliche, Le Monnier, together with Loris Zanatta, Storia dell'America latina, Laterza, from chapter 3 to chapter 10 included (pp. 45-210 of the 2010 edition);
· Morone Antonio, ed., La fine del colonialismo italiano. Politica, società e memorie, le Monnier;
· Benjamin Stora, La guerra d'Algeria, il Mulino, together with Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino;
· Thomas Turner, The Congo Wars. Conflicts, Myth & Reality, Zed Books;
· Peter Wende, L'impero britannico. Storia di una potenza mondiale, Einaudi

- Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1, 2 and 3)
Textbooks: Wolfgang Reinhard, Storia del colonialismo, Einaudi; Michael Burleigh, La genesi del mondo contemporaneo. Il crollo degli imperi coloniali 1945-1965, Feltrinelli
Knowledge of one of the following volumes or groups of essays:
· Cemil Aydin, Il lungo Ottocento. Una storia politica internazionale, Einaudi;
· Raymond Betts, L'alba illusoria. L'imperialismo europeo nell'Ottocento, il Mulino;
· David K. Fieldhouse, Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958, Oxford U.P.;
· David K. Fieldhouse, Politica ed economia del colonialismo 1870-1945, Laterza;
· Daniel R. Headrick, Il predominio dell'occidente. Tecnologia, ambiente, imperialismo, Il Mulino;
· Herbert S. Klein, Il commercio atlantico degli schiavi, Carocci;
· Nicola Labanca, Oltremare. Storia dell'espansione coloniale italiana, il Mulino;
· Massimo Livi Bacci, Conquista. La distruzione degli Indios americani, Il Mulino;
· Gilles Manceron, Marianne et les colonies: une introduction à l'histoire coloniale de la France, La Découverte ;
· Federica Morelli, L'indipendenza dell'America spagnola. Dalla crisi della monarchia alle nuove repubbliche, Le Monnier, together with Loris Zanatta, Storia dell'America latina, Laterza, from chapter 3 to chapter 10 included (pp. 45-210 of the 2010 edition);
· Morone Antonio, ed., La fine del colonialismo italiano. Politica, società e memorie, le Monnier;
· Benjamin Stora, La guerra d'Algeria, il Mulino, together with Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino;
· Thomas Turner, The Congo Wars. Conflicts, Myth & Reality, Zed Books;
· Peter Wende, L'impero britannico. Storia di una potenza mondiale, Einaudi
Knowledge of one of the following volumes or groups of essays:
· Jean-Loup Amselle, Elikia M'Bokolo, eds., L'invenzione dell'etnia, Meltemi
· Bethencourt F., Razzismi. Dalle crociate al XX secolo, Il Mulino, limited to Introduzione and parts 3, 4, 5 (pp. 7-32, 287-658 of the 2017 edition)
· Frantz Fanon, I Dannati della terra, with Prefazione of Jean-Paul Sartre, Einaudi
· Frantz Fanon, Pelle nera, maschere bianche, ETS
· Cyril L. R. James, I giacobini neri. La prima rivolta contro l'uomo bianco, DeriveApprodi, 2006
· Ania Loomba, Colonialismo/postcolonialismo, Meltemi
· Edward Said, Orientalismo. L'immagine europea dell'Oriente, Feltrinelli

Non-attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Textbook: Wolfgang Reinhard, Storia del colonialismo, Einaudi; Michael Burleigh, La genesi del mondo contemporaneo. Il crollo degli imperi coloniali 1945-1965, Feltrinelli
Knowledge of two of the following volumes:
· Cemil Aydin, Il lungo Ottocento. Una storia politica internazionale, Einaudi
· Raymond Betts, L'alba illusoria. L'imperialismo europeo nell'Ottocento, il Mulino
· David K. Fieldhouse, Politica ed economia del colonialismo 1870-1945, Laterza
· Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau, La tratta degli schiavi. Saggio di storia globale, Il Mulino
· Daniel R. Headrick, Il predominio dell'occidente. Tecnologia, ambiente, imperialismo, Il Mulino
· Nicola Labanca, Oltremare. Storia dell'espansione coloniale italiana, il Mulino
· Gilles Manceron, Marianne et les colonies: une introduction à l'histoire coloniale de la France, La Découverte
· Morone Antonio, ed., La fine del colonialismo italiano. Politica, società e memorie, le Monnier, 2018
· Peter Wende, L'impero britannico. Storia di una potenza mondiale, Einaudi

- Programme for 9 cfu:
Textbook : Wolfgang Reinhard, Storia del colonialismo, Einaudi; Michael Burleigh, La genesi del mondo contemporaneo. Il crollo degli imperi coloniali 1945-1965, Feltrinelli
Knowledge of two of the following volumes:
· Cemil Aydin, Il lungo Ottocento. Una storia politica internazionale, Einaudi
· Raymond Betts, L'alba illusoria. L'imperialismo europeo nell'Ottocento, il Mulino
· David K. Fieldhouse, Politica ed economia del colonialismo 1870-1945, Laterza
· Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau, La tratta degli schiavi. Saggio di storia globale, Il Mulino
· Daniel R. Headrick, Il predominio dell'occidente. Tecnologia, ambiente, imperialismo, Il Mulino
· Nicola Labanca, Oltremare. Storia dell'espansione coloniale italiana, il Mulino
· Gilles Manceron, Marianne et les colonies: une introduction à l'histoire coloniale de la France, La Découverte
· Morone Antonio, ed., La fine del colonialismo italiano. Politica, società e memorie, le Monnier, 2018
· Peter Wende, L'impero britannico. Storia di una potenza mondiale, Einaudi
Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
· Bethencourt F., Razzismi. Dalle crociate al XX secolo, Il Mulino, limited to Introduzione and parts 3, 4, 5 (pp. 7-32, 287-658 of the 2017 edition)
· Edward Said, Orientalismo. L'immagine europea dell'Oriente, Feltrinelli


International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam
- Type of examination: oral interrogation
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
- Possible materials utilised to sustain the exam and allowed during the exam itself: program books and course notes

The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours