Contemporary history

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides students with an overview and the necessary tools for the understanding of the main (political, economic, social and religious) aspects of contemporary civilisation from the beginning of the 19th to the second half of the 20th century.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will have acquired the knowledge of the political-institutional, socio-economic and cultural development of contemporary history, from the impact of the French revolution to the second half of the 20th century. Students will also be able to contextualise the most representative characters and events both chronologically and geographically. They will be able to use linguistic tools (correct language and specific lexicon) in order to express, in a clear and effective way, political, institutional, economic and religious concepts; they will learn how to read critically historiographical works and to approach the research and analysis of the historical sources. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous dialogue with the teacher in the classroom. Non attending students will have the opportunity to exploit the didactic tools provided by the teacher on Ariel, to explore the main themes covered by the course thanks to specific readings agreed with the teacher, and of course to discuss any issues with the teacher both via email and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In case of impossibility to deliver lectures live, they will be delivered remotely, pricipally in synchronous format, via Microsoft Teams. Each lecture will be recorded and uploaded on Ariel, where it will be available for two weeks.
Course syllabus
Section A (20 hours, 3 CFU): History of contemporary Italy from the Risorgimento to the Liberal age
Section B (20 hours, 3 CFU): History of contemporary Italy from the Great War to the second post-war period.

The course is for students A-Z, academic year 2019-20, Degree in Languages, 6 CFU

The programme is valid until July 2022.

The course will explore the history of contemporary Italy, within the broader international context, analising continuities and fractures: the Risorgimento and its legacy, Liberal and Fascist Italy, the two world wars and the second pot-war period. It will focus on events, historiographical interpretations, contemporary narrations and perceptions, intertwining social, political and cultural history.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of the historical period.
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.
Teaching Resources
The course provides the teaching online resource Ariel (https://acassolsts.ariel.ctu.unimi.it), where it is possible to find teaching material and lecture slides uploaded by the teacher.

Sections A and B
EXAM PROGRAMME FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS

Salvatore Lupo, Angelo Ventrone, L'Età contemporanea, Firenze, Le Monnier università-Mondadori education 2018, lecture notes, and ONE volume chosen from the following list.

Mario Isnenghi, Dieci lezioni sull'Italia contemporanea, Roma, Donzelli 2011.
John Foot, Fratture d'Italia, Milano, Rizzoli 2009.
Alberto M. Banti, La nazione del Risorgimento. Parentela, santità e onore alle origini dell'Italia unita, Torino, Einaudi 2011.
Simonetta Soldani e Gabriele Turi (a cura di), Fare gli italiani: scuola e cultura nell'Italia contemporanea, vol. I La nascita dello stato nazionale, Bologna, Il Mulino 1993.
Simonetta Soldani e Gabriele Turi (a cura di), Fare gli italiani: scuola e cultura nell'Italia contemporanea, vol. II Una società di massa, Bologna, Il Mulino 1993.
Perry Willson, Italiane. Biografia del novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2013.
Mario Isnenghi, Giorgio Rochat, La Grande Guerra, Bologna, Il Mulino 2008.
Emilio Gentile, La grande Italia. Il mito della nazione nel XX secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2011.
Salvatore Lupo, Il fascismo. La politica in un regime totalitario, Roma, Donzelli 2000.
Santo Peli, La Resistenza, Torino, Einaudi 2004.
Paul Ginsborg, Storia d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi, Torino, Einaudi 2006.
Guido Crainz, Il paese mancato. Dal miracolo economico agli anni ottanta, Roma, Donzelli 2003.


Sections A and B
EXAM PROGRAMME FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS

Salvatore Lupo, Angelo Ventrone, L'Età contemporanea, Firenze, Le Monnier università-Mondadori education 2018, and TWO volumes chosen from the following list.

Mario Isnenghi, Dieci lezioni sull'Italia contemporanea, Roma, Donzelli 2011.
John Foot, Fratture d'Italia, Milano, Rizzoli 2009.
Alberto M. Banti, La nazione del Risorgimento. Parentela, santità e onore alle origini dell'Italia unita, Torino, Einaudi 2011.
Simonetta Soldani e Gabriele Turi (a cura di), Fare gli italiani: scuola e cultura nell'Italia contemporanea, vol. I La nascita dello stato nazionale, Bologna, Il Mulino 1993.
Simonetta Soldani e Gabriele Turi (a cura di), Fare gli italiani: scuola e cultura nell'Italia contemporanea, vol. II Una società di massa, Bologna, Il Mulino 1993.
Perry Willson, Italiane. Biografia del novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2013.
Mario Isnenghi, Giorgio Rochat, La Grande Guerra, Bologna, Il Mulino 2008.
Emilio Gentile, La grande Italia. Il mito della nazione nel XX secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2011.
Salvatore Lupo, Il fascismo. La politica in un regime totalitario, Roma, Donzelli 2000.
Santo Peli, La Resistenza, Torino, Einaudi 2004.
Paul Ginsborg, Storia d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi, Torino, Einaudi 2006.
Guido Crainz, Il paese mancato. Dal miracolo economico agli anni ottanta, Roma, Donzelli 2003.

In caso of difficulty in finding the books on the list, these are the ones that are also available as e-books, and alternatives when they are not:

Salvatore Lupo, Angelo Ventrone, L'Età contemporanea, Firenze, Le Monnier università-Mondadori education 2018

Mario Isnenghi, Dieci lezioni sull'Italia contemporanea, Roma, Donzelli 2011.
Alberto M. Banti, Il Risorgimento italiano, Roma e Bari, Laterza 2020. (Alternative to the other book by Banti in the list).
Perry Willson, Women in Twentieth-Century Italy, Basingstoke, Palgrave 2009. (Alternative to the text in Italian)
Antonio Gibelli, La guerra grande, Roma e Bari, Laterza 2016. (Alternative to the book by Isnenghi-Rochat in the list).
Emilio Gentile, La grande Italia, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2014.
Christopher Duggan, Il popolo del duce, Roma e Bari, Laterza 2013. (Alternative to the book by Lupo in the list).
Santo Peli, Storia della Resistenza in Italia, Torino, Einaudi 2014.
Paul Ginsborg, Storia d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi, Torino, Einaudi 2006.
Guido Crainz, Il paese mancato. Dal miracolo economico agli anni ottanta, Roma, Donzelli 2003.
Assessment methods and Criteria
One-hour written exam, consisting in three open questions, with limited word number, that will ascertain the knowledge of the course content. Criteria of evaluations are the 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 and clarity.
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
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