Contemporary European History

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to generate, develop and strengthen students' skills about contemporary European history (19th and 20th century), through lectures and thanks to the use (in addition to the usual learning tools) of audio and visual tools, useful sources for studying history.

Students will also be led to reflect on the most current issues in the field of historiography and about their application in the public field.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will have to demonstrate, through an oral exam, a sure knowledge of the main lines of development of contemporary European history, with reference to the countries considered.

They will also have to know how to argue the causes and the effects of the main events of the period studied, with a language suited to the topics covered.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
- SYNCHRONOUS EDUCATIONAL METHODS will be adopted: synchronous lessons on Microsoft Teams
- ASYNCHRONOUS DIDACTIC METHODS will be adopted as well: video and / or audio asynchronous lessons or with other materials (essays, images, diagrams), uploaded on Ariel or on Microsoft Teams.
The program and the reference material will not change.
Course syllabus
Germany in XX Century: from the Wilhelmine era to the reunification
Unit 1 - Germany from William II to coming to power of Hitler.
Unit 2 - Germany from the Second World War to the Reunification
Prerequisites for admission
The Students must have a good knowledge of the main events of contemporary European history, from late 1800s to the present times.
Teaching methods
During the lessons, the professor will outline the main events of German history in the period from the late XIX Century to the Reunification of 1990, within the broader context of European history.
Through the vision of historical films, the course also aims to provide tools for the use of cinema as source for the study of history.
Teaching Resources
Unit 1 -
- F. Bartolini, B. Bonomi, A. Gagliardi, L'Europa del Novecento, Roma, Carocci
- All'Ovest niente di nuovo (All Quite on the Western Front, Lewis Milestone, 1930)
- Rosa L. (Rosa Luxemburg, Margarethe von Trotta, 1986)
- Il trionfo della volontà (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935) - brani
- L'amico ritrovato (Reunion, Jerry Schatzberg, 1989)
Unit 2 -
A book to be chosen among:
- G. Corni, Storia della Germania, Milano, Il Saggiatore
- R. Brizzi, M. Marchi, Storia politica della Francia repubblicana (1871-2011, Mondadori Education
- G. Guazzaloca, Storia della Gran Bretagna (1832-2014), Firenze, Le Monnier
- E. Biagini, Storia dell'Irlanda dal 1845 a oggi, Bologna, il Mulino
- G. Hermet, Storia della Spagna nel Novecento, Bologna, il Mulino
- S. Colarizi, Storia del Novecento italiano, Milano, Rizzoli
- R. Bartlett, Storia della Russia, Milano, Mondadori
- Germania, anno zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)
- Le vite degli altri (Das Leben der Anderen, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
- Anni di piombo (Die bleierne Zeit, Margarethe von Trotta, 1981)
- Christiane F. - Noi i ragazzi dello zoo di Berlino (Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, Uli Eder, 1981) - just some parts
- Il cielo sopra Berlino (Der Himmel über Berlin, Wim Wender, 1987) - just some parts
- Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is an oral test aimed at ascertaining the students' knowledge of European history from the late 1800s to the present times and, in particular, the history of an European country chosen by the student. It will be evaluated also the students' ability to analyse and discuss the books and films indicated in the program.
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours