22902464 - Contemporary History

The knowledge of contemporary (or late modern) history from the French Revolution to the collapse of the communist world, phenomena which, as will be clarified during the course, can be considered plausible terms a quo and ad quem.

Knowledge and understanding:
The belief that the work of the historian is to fulfill an ethical and civic function is certainly not rare within the Academy. The thread that runs through the course refers to a different conception of the historical work, instead: though probably in the minority among the experts, we believe this conception, rejecting the idea that research must serve extra-scientific goals, to be equally legitimate.
Accordingly, the historian, in the exercise of his profession, must repudiate any ethical-pedagogical suggestion; he should reject any blandishment and flattery from those who would want to commission him therapeutic tasks, aimed at regenerating and legitimizing political and institutional systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
To understand the problematic issues connected to the work of the historian and link them with the teaching practice.
Making judgements:
To explain to the student what must be the intellectual autonomy of the historian, who, if truly such, should not take part, in our opinion, in any process of nation building. Neither a creator of identity nor a promoter of civic virtues, he must indeed take the risk that his work may reveal an irreconcilable contradiction between his professional duties and the civic obligations deriving from belonging to a common citizenship.
Communication skills:
The student will become able to bring out, with appropriate language, the problematic issues of the discipline.
Learning skills:
Let the student understand that Block's Defending the Undefendable is the best access key to understanding everything else.

Canali

TEDESCO LUCA

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Programme

The course will initially analyze the periodization of late modern history.
During the first semestral class the aim is to thoroughly examine key historical breaking points from the so called ‘double revolution’ (french revolution - industrial revolution). Then, the class will study the european restoration, the liberal revolutions, the rise of newly born nations, social and welfare issues and finally the development and crisis of imperialism.
A specific look will be turned to the British political-institutional model.
The second class will examine world war one and the consequences of peace, the rise of totalitarian movements, the Great Depression, world war two, the cold war, the bipolar world and its end.



Core Documentation

A recent history textbook, which includes Italian and world history from the French Revolution to present day

L. Tedesco, La crisi fin de siècle. I liberisti italiani e il modello britannico, Mondadori-Le Monnier, 2019



Type of delivery of the course

Teaching will be held partly in the classroom and partly at a distance.

Attendance

Optional frequency

Type of evaluation

The exam will be oral.

TEDESCO LUCA

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The course will initially analyze the periodization of late modern history.
During the first semestral class the aim is to thoroughly examine key historical breaking points from the so called ‘double revolution’ (french revolution - industrial revolution). Then, the class will study the european restoration, the liberal revolutions, the rise of newly born nations, social and welfare issues and finally the development and crisis of imperialism.
A specific look will be turned to the British political-institutional model.
The second class will examine world war one and the consequences of peace, the rise of totalitarian movements, the Great Depression, world war two, the cold war, the bipolar world and its end.



Core Documentation

A recent history textbook, which includes Italian and world history from the French Revolution to present day

L. Tedesco, La crisi fin de siècle. I liberisti italiani e il modello britannico, Mondadori-Le Monnier, 2019



Type of delivery of the course

Teaching will be held partly in the classroom and partly at a distance.

Attendance

Optional frequency

Type of evaluation

The exam will be oral.