22910200 - History of peace

Knowledge and understanding
- Acquire solid knowledge related to the moments and fundamental aspects of the history of peace in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
- know the biographical profile and the work of the personalities who have given the greatest contribution to peace in the contemporary age;
- understand the socio-economic, cultural and military dynamics that have determined the historical events of the contemporary age, with specific attention to the binomial war / peace;
- know the processes of peace and conflict resolution in the contemporary age.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- knowing how to connect the history of peace to the most important historical events of the contemporary age;
- know how to use the knowledge acquired in the analysis of historical processes, even complex ones, as well as knowingly use them to connect to the knowledge acquired in the other disciplines of the degree course;
- know how to place activities in favor of peace and the dynamics of mediation and pacification in conflict areas within an adequate historical reference framework.
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The twentieth century was the most violent century in history. The century of the genocides, that of the world wars, of the nuclear weapon, of the ideological clash. Faced with so many conflicts, men, societies, cultures, religions have produced answers and actions to restore peace and coexistence and to promote development: paths of reconciliation - sometimes inadequate, sometimes courageous -, institutions, social and legal innovations. After analyzing the factors underlying collective violence - nationalism, authoritarianism, racism, propaganda, economic inequality - The course will reconstruct some of the pacification paths by placing them in the geopolitical and cultural scenarios in which they were produced, from post-World War II Europe to the non-European world of decolonisation.

Core Documentation

F. De Giorgi ( a cura di), Cantieri di pace nel Novecento. Figure, esperienze e modelli educativi nel secolo dei conflitti, Ed. Il Mulino, Bologna, 2018

più uno a scelta tra:

1. M.L. Sergio, La diplomazia delle due sponde del Tevere: Aggiornamento conciliare e democrazia nelle transizioni internazionali (1965-1975), Studium Edizioni, 2018

2. V. Bartolucci-G.Gallo, Capire il conflitto, costruire la pace, Ed. Mondadori Università, 2017

3. M.Impagliazzo, IL martirio degli armeni. Un genocidio dimenticato, Ed. La Scuola, Brescia 2015

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