22910026 - Storia contemporanea

GOALS Knowledge and understanding
- Acquiring solid knowledge concerning the fundamental moments and aspects in contemporary 19th and 20th century history, starting with the revolutionary risings of 1848 and the formation of the European nation states, up to recent events.
- Understanding the social, economic and cultural dynamics that determined the events of our contemporary era.
Capability to implement knowledge and understanding
- Connecting the History of Italy with the principal historical events of our contemporary era;
- Putting the knowledge acquired to use by analysing even complex historical processes and connecting this knowledge to the information attained through other subjects of the course;
- Situating the activities, modalities and products of institutional communication within a suitable historical context.
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The course analyzes the most relevant themes in the history of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the rise and fall of the European empires, nation building and nationalisms, totalitarianisms, cold war, colonialism / decolonization, democratic transitions, European integration, with a particular attention to the issue of minorities, migrations and human rights.
The course also takes into account the political and cultural process at the foundation of the Italian Republic and the main social change dynamics since the Second World War to the present day; it offers a workshop on historiographic sources, aimed at introducing students to the knowledge of the historical research foundations and getting them to acquire a critical understanding of reality.

Core Documentation

Giovanni Sabbatucci, Vittorio Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo, Laterza [ultima edizione]

Marialuisa Lucia Sergio, Pio XII e l’indipendenza algerina. La Chiesa cattolica nella decolonizzazione dell’Africa francese, Edizioni Studium, Roma 2022

Text for the workshop:

Angelo Bolaffi, Guido Crainz (a cura di), Calendario civile europeo. I nodi storici di una costruzione difficile, Donzelli, 2019

Type of delivery of the course

Lessons and workshop exercises


distance course

Type of evaluation

The exam is conducted with test made by 40 questions with multiple-choice answers and 2 open-ended questions