The course aims to generate, develop, and strengthen students' skills about the history of contemporary Great Britain and the Commonwealth - an organization of independent States - starting from the history of the British Empire. The students will also be asked to reflect on the current historical issues, related to the history of Imperialism in the contemporary age and to the events of the countries involved.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will prove that they have, through an oral exam, a good knowledge of the main events in the history of the British Empire, the contemporary Great Britain and the Commonwealth, especially with respect to the conceptual and thematic topics addressed in the class. They will also have to be able to introduce and talk about the causes and effects of the main events of the period they are asked to study, with an appropriate language to the issues they deal with.
The first part of the course will be about the main events in the history of Great Britain and its transformation into a global imperial power, from an economic, political and social point of view, between the mid-Nineteenth century and early Twentieth century. The second part of the course will analyse some individual case studies related to the study of the different British imperialist policies and forms in the XX century, highlighting its continuity and changes, up to the decolonization.
Prerequisites for admission
The students must have a good knowledge of the Contemporary European history and of the main events in the history of the British Empire and Great Britain, from the mid-Nineteenth century to the present days, which they will be able to acquire through the study of books on the program.
During the lessons, the tools for understanding the main events in the history of the British Empire and Great Britain will be provided, paying particular attention to the interaction with colonial expansionism and the history of the communities - African, Asian, Pacific - involved.
For the first part of the course: - Giulia Guazzaloca, Storia della Gran Bretagna (1832-2014), Milano, Mondadori Other materials and short handouts will also be provided (on Ariel)
For the second part of the course: - Philippa Levine, L' impero britannico, Bologna, il Mulino Other materials and short handouts will also be provided (on Ariel)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is an oral test aimed at assessing students' knowledge of the history of the British Empire, the Great Britain and the Commonwealth, from the mid-Nineteenth century to the present days. The students' ability to understand the books and other study material in the program and to identify the main evolutionary features of the events dealt with will also be assessed.