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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The course will present a reconstruction of Ukraine's history in modern and contemporary times. The historical routes of the different territories that formed independent Ukraine will be traced from the early modern period. The Ukrainian question in the Russian Empire and the formation of the Ukrainian national movement will be explored. Focus will be on Ukraine in the Soviet period: the events of the revolution and civil war, the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the Holodomor, World War II and the Shoah, the post-war redefinition of borders, perestroika and Ukraine. Eventually, the events of independent Ukraine after 1991 will be analysed in their key stages. During the course, special attention will be paid to the linguistic, cultural and religious dynamics as an important element of Ukraine's plural and complex character.

Core Documentation

1. Serhii Plokhy, The Gates of Europe, Basic Books, New York 2021
2. Simona Merlo, La costruzione dell'Ucraina contemporanea. Una storia complessa, il Mulino, Bologna 2023 (March 2023)
3. Adriano Roccucci (a cura di), Ucraina. Il profilo complesso di una storia plurale, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli 2023 (May 2023)
4. Fabio Bettanin, La Russia, l’Ucraina e la guerra in Europa. Storia e scenari, Donzelli, Roma 2022

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Type of evaluation

The exam will be an oral exam.