Contemporary history

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the broad outlines of contemporary history and the tools necessary to understand the principal themes (political, economic, social, cultural, religious) from 1848 to the present day.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of the political-institutional, socio-economic and cultural development of contemporary history, from 1848 to the present day. They will also be able to establish space-time correlations and understand the complex dynamics of the contemporary world, using language tools (language properties, correct specific lexicon) to express, in a clear and effective form, concepts of a political, institutional, economic, and religious nature; they will be able to read critically historiographical works and use the main tools, including digital tools, for the research and analysis of sources. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Except for the first class, that will be carried out synchronously on Microsoft Teams (day, time and link will be advised on ARIEL platform), emergency teaching will be carried out asynchronously. Classes will be recorded and made available on line on ARIEL platform through Powerpoint slides.
Emergency teaching does not require variations of learning books.
Proficiency exams will be managed on line via MICROSOFT TEAMS and they will be exclusively oral.
Every change will be notified in ARIEL platform
Course syllabus
The contemporary Age. From "Primavera dei popoli" to the new millenium: history, pictures, culture.
The course aims at developing the knowledge of contemporary history between 1948 and 2001, through an artistic-cultural interpretation of the main junctions of the considered time.
Special consideration will be given to the key concepts needed to understand the social, political and cultural history from the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the new century. The subjects which will be especially analysed are the ones connected to the setting up of nation states, the spread of racism and anti-Semitism, the birth of totalitarianism, the Italian events after WWII, the new balance which was originated with the end of the bipolar system. The 20th century genocides will be especially taken into consideration.
Part 1: From the revolutions of 1848 to 1917
Part 2: The period between the two World Wars: the crisis of liberal-democracy and the age of totalitarianism.
Part 3: After the Second World War: the bipolar balance, the Italian Republic and the end of the 20th century.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission
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
Attending students
Program for 6 credits: Parts 1 and 2
Program for 9 credits: Parts 1, 2 and 3

Part 1
All students are expected to know, together with the themes of the lectures, the main lines and aspects of contemporary history between 1848 and 2001, choosing one of the following pairs of textbooks:

Detti T., Gozzini G., Storia Contemporanea, vol. 1, L'Ottocento, Pearson 2016 (from chapt. 7); together with Detti T., Gozzini G., Storia Contemporanea, vol. 2, Il Novecento, ed. Pearson, 2017;
or
Sabbatucci G., Vidotto V., L'Età Contemporanea. L'Ottocento, Laterza 2020 (from chapt. 6), together with Sabbatucci G., Vidotto V., L'Età Contemporanea. Il Novecento, Laterza, 2018.

In case of different editions, please contact the professor.
The use of a historical atlas is highly recommended

Part 2
One among these books:
Baioni M., Conti F., La politica nell'età contemporanea, Carocci, 2017;
Banti A. M., La nazione del Risorgimento. Parentela, santità e onore alle origini dell'Italia unita, Einaudi;
Campanini M., Storia del Medio oriente contemporaneo, Il Mulino, ultima edizione 2017;
Capogreco C.S., I campi del duce. L'internamento civile nell'Italia fascista, Einaudi, 2004;
Chapoutot J., Controllare e distruggere. Fascismo, nazismo e regimi autoritari in Europa (1918-1945), Einaudi;
Gentile E., Fascismo. Storia e interpretazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ultima edizione 2011;
Hobsbawm E. J., L'età degli imperi, 1875-1914, Roma-Bari, Laterza;
Mosse G.L., Le origini culturali del Terzo Reich, Milano, Il Saggiatore, ultima edizione 2015;
Mosse G. L., La nazionalizzazione delle masse. Simbolismo politico e movimenti di massa in Germania (1815-1933), Il Mulino;
Smith S.A., La rivoluzione russa. Un impero in crisi 1890-1928, Carocci;
Soresina M., L'età della restaurazione 1815-1860. Gli Stati italiani dal Congresso di Vienna al crollo, Mimesis;
Traverso, E., A ferro e fuoco. La guerra civile europea, 1914-1945, Il Mulino 2007.

Part 3
One among these books:

Bensoussan G., Storia della Shoah, Giuntina; together with Pisanty V., Abusi di memoria, Mondadori;
Colarizi S., Storia politica della Repubblica 1943-2006, Laterza;
Cuzzi M., Dal Risorgimento al Mondo Nuovo. La Massoneria italiana nella Prima guerra mondiale, Le Monnier;
Droz B., Storia della decolonizzazione nel XX secolo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, ultima edizione 2010;
Emiliani M., Medio Oriente. Una storia dal 1918 al 1991, Laterza;
De Felice R., Storia degli ebrei italiani sotto il fascismo, Einaudi;
Flores M., Il genocidio degli armeni, Il Mulino 2007;
Gentile, E., Il fascismo di pietra, Laterza, 2008;
Mammarella G., Europa e Stati Uniti dopo la Guerra Fredda, Il Mulino, together with Mammarella G., L'Italia di oggi. Storia e cronaca di un ventennio 1992-2012, Il Mulino;
Nicoloso P., Mussolini architetto. Propaganda e paesaggio urbano nell'Italia fascista, Einaudi, Torino, 2008;
Picciotto L., Salvarsi. Gli ebrei d'Italia sfuggiti alla Shoah, Einaudi, Torino, 2017;
Piretto G.P., (a cura di), Memorie di pietra. I monumenti delle dittature, Cortina, Milano, 2014;
Sarfatti M., Gli ebrei nell'Italia fascista. Vicende, identità, persecuzione, Einaudi, 2018;
Scarrocchia S., Albert Speer e Marcello Piacentini. L'architettura del totalitarismo negli anni Trenta, Skira, 2013;

Non-attending students
Program for 6 credits: Parts 1 and 2
Program for 9 credits: Parts 1, 2 and 3

Part 1
The knowledge of the history of XIXth century (form 1848), choosing between one of the following couples of books:

Detti T., Gozzini G., Storia Contemporanea, vol. 1, L'Ottocento, Pearson 2016 (from chapt. 7); together with Soresina M., L'età della restaurazione 1815-1860. Gli Stati italiani dal Congresso di Vienna al crollo, Mimesis.
Or
Sabbatucci G., Vidotto V., L'Età Contemporanea. L'Ottocento, Laterza 2020 (from chapt. 6); together with Soresina M., L'età della restaurazione 1815-1860. Gli Stati italiani dal Congresso di Vienna al crollo, Mimesis.

In case of different editions, please contact the professor.
The use of a historical atlas is highly recommended

Part 2
The knowledge of the history of XXth century, choosing between one of the following couples of books:

Detti T., Gozzini G., Storia Contemporanea, vol. 2, Il Novecento, ed. Pearson 2017; together with Hobsbawm E.J., Il secolo breve 1914-1991, Rizzoli.
Or
Sabbatucci G., Vidotto V., L'Età Contemporanea. Il Novecento, Laterza 2018; together with Hobsbawm E.J., Il secolo breve 1914-1991, Rizzoli.

Part 3
One among these books:
Banti A. M., La nazione del Risorgimento. Parentela, santità e onore alle origini dell'Italia unita, Einaudi;
Chapoutot J., Controllare e distruggere. Fascismo, nazismo e regimi autoritari in Europa (1918-1945), Einaudi;
Droz B., Storia della decolonizzazione nel XX secolo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, ultima edizione 2010;
Emiliani M., Medio Oriente. Una storia dal 1918 al 1991, Laterza;
Flores M., Il genocidio degli armeni, Il Mulino 2007;
Gentile E., Fascismo. Storia e interpretazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ultima edizione 2011;
Ginsborg P., Storia d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi, Einaudi;
Hobsbawm E.J., Ranger T., cur., L'invenzione della tradizione, Einaudi, 2002;
Mosse G.L., Le origini culturali del Terzo Reich, Milano Il Saggiatore, ultima edizione 2015;
Mosse G. L., La nazionalizzazione delle masse. Simbolismo politico e movimenti di massa in Germania (1815-1933), Il Mulino;
Sarfatti M., Gli ebrei nell'Italia fascista. Vicende, identità, persecuzione, Einaudi, 2018;
Scarrocchia S., Albert Speer e Marcello Piacentini. L'architettura del totalitarismo negli anni Trenta, Skira, 2013;
Smith S.A., La rivoluzione russa. Un impero in crisi 1890-1928, Carocci;
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

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
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