22910200 - History of peace

Il corso prende in esame le trasformazioni profonde e pervasive dell’economia e della società tra Ottocento e Novecento, dalla prima, alla seconda e alla terza rivoluzione industriale. Una particolare attenzione deve essere rivolta all’origine, lo sviluppo e la deriva dello Stato sociale nello specifico caso italiano.
The course aims to offer students the tools to understand the historical and social dynamics of the contemporary age, with specific reference to the themes of peace and conflict resolution. The aim of the course is to promote a reflective, analytical, logical and planning attitude in the students, available for group work. The course promotes the ability to design and plan interventions in favor of peace.
By attending the History of Peace course, the student will be able to achieve the following educational goals.
Knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of the historical dynamics of the contemporary age, with specific reference to the themes of peace and conflict resolution; ability to understand complex historical situations, with different institutional and non-institutional actors;
Applying knowledge and understanding: To be able to conceive and plan interventions in favor of peace, through the ability of working in groups; to be able to conceive strategies of action in problematic situations that require peaceful mediation;
Making judgements: Being able to elaborate an autonomous judgement on the situations in which one is called to intervene; being able to make decisions in complex situations.
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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

R. Morozzo della Rocca, Fare pace. La diplomazia di Sant'Egidio, Ed. San Paolo 2018;
M. Giro, Guerre nere. Guida ai conflitti nell'Africa contemporane, Guerini e Associati, 2020

Type of delivery of the course

Classroom lessons

Type of evaluation

Oral examination