Contemporary History

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course intends to foster the comprehension of the contemporary world, through the study of his historical roots beginning from the Nineteenth century to present times.
Expected learning outcomes
After the course, students must have a firm knowledge of the main subjects of Contemporary history, from 1848 to the present.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Terrorism in the Western World: An Act of War or a Criminal Act? From the Second World War to the Twin Towers
- Unit 1:
The first unit will deal terrorism in XX Century Europe in connection with Decolonization and Dictatorship (France, Great Britain, Spain).
- Unit 2:
The second unit will deal terrorism in Europe relating to certain countries national problems (Germany and Italy) and to the actions of Palestinian groups abroad.
- Unit 3:
The third unit will explore terrorism in the United States.
Prerequisites for admission
The Students must have a good knowledge of the main events of contemporary history, from mid-1800s to the present times, which can be acquired through the study of Sabbatucci-Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo.
Teaching methods
During the lessons, the professor will outline the main events concerning terrorism in the Western world, starting from the second half of the XX Century..
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:
- G. Sabbatucci - V. Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo, Bari, Laterza, 2019,
- La battaglia di Algeri (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
- Nel Nome del Padre (In the Name of the Father, Jim Sheridan, 1993)
- Ogro (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1979)

-Unit 2:
- G. De Luna, La passione e la ragione. Il mestiere dello storico contemporaneo, Bruno Mondadori
- Anni di piombo (Die bleierne Zeit, Margarethe von Trotta, 1981)
- Romanzo di una strage (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2012)
- Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005)

- Unit 3:
- F. Benigno, Terrore e terrorismo. Saggio storico sulla violenza politica, Einaudi
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004)
- 11 settembre 2001 (11'09''01 - September 11, Amos Gitai, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, et al., 2002)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is of an oral test aimed at ascertaining the students' knowledge of world history from the mid-1800s to the present times. It will be evaluated also the students' ability to analyse and summarize the books and films indicated in the program.
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Educational website(s)
On Wednesday, from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm - Write me an email a few days in advance to set up the time
Sesto S. Giovanni, Room 5015 or Microsoft Teams