The course aims to give students chance of acquiring analytical skills in order to identify the many factors involved in the dynamics of historical processes and understand their interconnections. The students will also develop a research method and investigation abilities in order to discover the inner complexity of the present age in its historical depth; they will be educated on how to understand otherness disclosing in the study of human events that constitute historical development.
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Mutuazione: 20710268 STORIA CONTEMPORANEA - SPECIALISTICO in Informazione, editoria, giornalismo LM-19 ROCCUCCI ADRIANO


The course starts from the 1989-1991 transition, with the end of the Cold War and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. The analysis of the dynamics and causes of these events introduces the study of the main events that marked European history in the 1990s and in the first decades of the 21st century. In particular, the following processes will be focused: the recomposition of the relationship between the various areas of the European continent; the enlargement of the European Union and NATO; the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s; the transition in Central-Eastern Europe; the evolution of the situation in Russia and in other former Soviet states; the relationship between Russia and the West of Europe. The interaction between European events and globalization processes will be a constant reference of the course.

Core Documentation

1. Ian Kershaw, Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017, Allen Lane 2018
2. Jacques Rupnik, Senza il muro. Le due Europe dopo il crollo del comunismo, Donzelli, Roma 2019
3. Stephen, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000, (updated edition), Oxford University Press, 2008
4. Nicola Antonetti e Paolo Pombeni (a cura di), Da Versailles (1919) a Berlino (1989). La lunga storia dell’Europa nel secolo breve, il Mulino, Bologna 2020