21810540 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

The course aims to analyze the main political, cultural, social and economic issues of the history of contemporary Italy, with special attention to the 20th century history. Furthermore, the course aims to examine the origin, the emergence and the spread of the idea of Italian nation, from the Risorgimento to the Republican years.

Curriculum

Canali

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The course is divided into three parts:
a) the first is basic and it is devoted to a historical introduction to the contemporary world
b) the second is more advanced and it is devoted to the history of Italy during the Cold War
c) the third is an advanced analysis of the memorial conflicts in the contemporary world

PART ONE (6 CFU)
This part introduces to the history of 19th and 20th Century, to methodological issues (periodization, political use of history, memory, sources), to the main phenomena (revolutions and political ideas, industrial development, mass society), and to the main historical interpretations.
Main topics: 1. Introduction to Historical Knowledge 2. The Contemporary Age: An Appraisal looking from Today 3. The Demographic Revolution 4. The Industrial and Environmental Revolution 5. Communication Revolution 6. The Cultural Revolution: The Individual and the Spread of Culture 7. The Social Revolution: Peasants, Workers, Middle Class, Women 8. Political Revolutions 9. The Rise of the Contemporary “Political Sphere”: Reactionaries, Conservatives, Liberals, Radicals, Socialists 10. Nationalism: Unification in Italy and Germany 11.The Role of Religion: Secularization and De-Christianization 12. The Age of Modernization Begins 13. The Second Acceleration of Progress. The Second Industrial Revolution 14. The Birth of Mass Society 15. Colonial Imperialism 15. Reshaping Europe: The Surfacing of America and Asia 16. World War I 17. The Age of Totalitarianism: Crisis of Democracy and Economic Collapse 18. Bolshevik Communism 19. Fascism 20. Nazism 21. World War II 22. The Cold War 23. Decolonization and Third World 24. The Origins of Welfare 25. The Affluent Society 26. The Age of the Digital Revolution

PART TWO (2 CFU)
This part introduces to the political history of contemporary Italy and to her deep connection with Cold War bipolarity: from the break of the Anti-Fascist Alliance in 1947 to the «national solidarity« governments of the 1970s.
Main topics: 1. The National and the International Dimension of the «Total» Cold War 2. The Heritage of Fascism and War (1943-1946) 3. The Birth of the Italian Political System and the Beginning of the Cold War (1947-1949) 4. The Conflicts of the Centrismo Age (1950-1955) 5. Beyond Centrismo (1956-1961) 6. Peaceful Coexistence and Center-Left (1962-1968) 7. The Years of the «Strategy of Tension» and of the Crisis of the West (1969-1973) 8. «National Solidarity » (1974-1978)

PART THREE (1CFU)
This part introduces to memorial conflicts in the contemporary world, to the problems of past crimes’ punishment and indemnification, to the relation between history and transitional justice, to memorial laws and their consequences.
Main topics: 1. War Crimes Trials 2. The Birth of a Right to Memory 3. Hate speech and class actions 4. Historical Negationism as a Crime 5. Memorial Laws 6. Commemorative Bulimia 7. History as a normed and at risk profession 8. A querelle between Law and History? 9. Memory (and Politics) vs. History


Core Documentation

Part One
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. L’Ottocento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 376 (esclusi i capitoli I-IV)
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra ad oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 552
○ S. CAVAZZA – P. POMBENI, L’età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino 2018, pp. 232 (the book is available also in the online Pandoracampus platform, with supplementary resources, and interactive contents)

Part Two
○ G. FORMIGONI, Storia d’Italia nella Guerra Fredda (1943-1978), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016, pp. 686
Part Three
o R. Moro, Dal tribunale della storia alla storia in tribunale: difesa dei diritti o reincarnazione delle ideologie?, in «Mondo Contemporaneo», 1, 2015, pp. 5-73 (download from Moodle)



Reference Bibliography

No recommended readings requested.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and multi-media presentation.

Attendance

Attendance to lessons and seminars is not mandatory, even though warmly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Obligatory written multiple-choice tests (30 questions) will verify the qualification on the history of the 19th, and 20th Century (and the beginning of the 21st). The test is based on the books by Sabbatucci and Vidotto, and cannot be passed without an in-depth knowledge of a good text-book on the subject. Information on the main historical interpretations of contemporary history, its main features and events (L’età contemporanea), on the part about Italy in the Cold War, and on the part on memorial conflicts will be the object of an oral exam

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The acquisition of tools needed to understand the XIX and XX centuries will be realized through a programme divided in three parts.
In the first one, with the aid of the history manual, the basic knowledge about the development of contemporary world, about the main processes of cultural, economic, political, institutional and social transformations will be acquired. This part will also describe the key turning points and some historiographical junctions. In the second part the analysis will focus on WW1, its global dimension as watershed between the 19th and the 20th century. In the third part the study will deal with the elaboration of the idea of peace, as put forward by pacifist movements, in particular the women’s pacifism, and how it held before the deflagration of the conflict.
The acquired knowledge, verified in the relevant exams, should give evidence of the critical ability in understanding the complexity of problems the relevance of specific aspects of events in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Documentation

Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XIX Century (excluding chapters I-IV), Laterza ed.
Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XX Century, Laterza ed.
Oliver Janz, 1914-1918. The Great War, Einaudi
Stefania Bartoloni, Women before the Great War. Peace, Rights, Democracy (1978-1918), Laterza
Richard J. Overy, The Origins of the Second World War, Il Mulino



Reference Bibliography

No additional bibliografic reference

Type of delivery of the course

The course consists of frontal lessons with audiovisual aids. Lessons are the means to acquire the fundamental knowledge needed to achieve the training objectives. In order to improve the fruition of course contents include the projection of period images and audiovisual documents.

Attendance

Frequency is not compulsory but recommended taking in to account the interactive elements of the lessons and the exposition of audiovisual documents.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation will be carried out in two distinct parts: the first one foresees a test on topics treated in the two manuals of contemporary history and included in the syllabus, the test will consist of 30 questions with pre-set multiple answers, covering both the XIX and XX centuries. The test platform is Moodle and candidates have 20 minutes to answer the questions. In March a simulation will be carried out to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize with the platform and the testing method. The minimum score to pass the test is 20 points. The test is a compulsory prerequisite to undergo the second part of the examination, the oral test. The candidates have one year lapse to take the oral test once they have passed the written test. The written test takes place few days before each examination session and candidates may freely choose when to carry it out, in case the test is not passed it is possible to repeat it in any of the examination sessions. The evaluation includes then a second part: the oral test on the topics of the syllabus in order to assess the knowledge of contents, the clarity of exposition and the synthesis ability. For the students who attended the classroom lessons a test on the XIX century is planned in April while the test on the XX century will be carried out in May. The overall evaluation will take into account both scores, the one for the written test as well as the one for the oral test.

Canali

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The course is divided into three parts:
a) the first is basic and it is devoted to a historical introduction to the contemporary world
b) the second is more advanced and it is devoted to the history of Italy during the Cold War
c) the third is an advanced analysis of the memorial conflicts in the contemporary world

PART ONE (6 CFU)
This part introduces to the history of 19th and 20th Century, to methodological issues (periodization, political use of history, memory, sources), to the main phenomena (revolutions and political ideas, industrial development, mass society), and to the main historical interpretations.
Main topics: 1. Introduction to Historical Knowledge 2. The Contemporary Age: An Appraisal looking from Today 3. The Demographic Revolution 4. The Industrial and Environmental Revolution 5. Communication Revolution 6. The Cultural Revolution: The Individual and the Spread of Culture 7. The Social Revolution: Peasants, Workers, Middle Class, Women 8. Political Revolutions 9. The Rise of the Contemporary “Political Sphere”: Reactionaries, Conservatives, Liberals, Radicals, Socialists 10. Nationalism: Unification in Italy and Germany 11.The Role of Religion: Secularization and De-Christianization 12. The Age of Modernization Begins 13. The Second Acceleration of Progress. The Second Industrial Revolution 14. The Birth of Mass Society 15. Colonial Imperialism 15. Reshaping Europe: The Surfacing of America and Asia 16. World War I 17. The Age of Totalitarianism: Crisis of Democracy and Economic Collapse 18. Bolshevik Communism 19. Fascism 20. Nazism 21. World War II 22. The Cold War 23. Decolonization and Third World 24. The Origins of Welfare 25. The Affluent Society 26. The Age of the Digital Revolution

PART TWO (2 CFU)
This part introduces to the political history of contemporary Italy and to her deep connection with Cold War bipolarity: from the break of the Anti-Fascist Alliance in 1947 to the «national solidarity« governments of the 1970s.
Main topics: 1. The National and the International Dimension of the «Total» Cold War 2. The Heritage of Fascism and War (1943-1946) 3. The Birth of the Italian Political System and the Beginning of the Cold War (1947-1949) 4. The Conflicts of the Centrismo Age (1950-1955) 5. Beyond Centrismo (1956-1961) 6. Peaceful Coexistence and Center-Left (1962-1968) 7. The Years of the «Strategy of Tension» and of the Crisis of the West (1969-1973) 8. «National Solidarity » (1974-1978)

PART THREE (1CFU)
This part introduces to memorial conflicts in the contemporary world, to the problems of past crimes’ punishment and indemnification, to the relation between history and transitional justice, to memorial laws and their consequences.
Main topics: 1. War Crimes Trials 2. The Birth of a Right to Memory 3. Hate speech and class actions 4. Historical Negationism as a Crime 5. Memorial Laws 6. Commemorative Bulimia 7. History as a normed and at risk profession 8. A querelle between Law and History? 9. Memory (and Politics) vs. History


Core Documentation

Part One
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. L’Ottocento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 376 (esclusi i capitoli I-IV)
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra ad oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 552
○ S. CAVAZZA – P. POMBENI, L’età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino 2018, pp. 232 (the book is available also in the online Pandoracampus platform, with supplementary resources, and interactive contents)

Part Two
○ G. FORMIGONI, Storia d’Italia nella Guerra Fredda (1943-1978), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016, pp. 686
Part Three
o R. Moro, Dal tribunale della storia alla storia in tribunale: difesa dei diritti o reincarnazione delle ideologie?, in «Mondo Contemporaneo», 1, 2015, pp. 5-73 (download from Moodle)



Reference Bibliography

No recommended readings requested.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and multi-media presentation.

Attendance

Attendance to lessons and seminars is not mandatory, even though warmly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Obligatory written multiple-choice tests (30 questions) will verify the qualification on the history of the 19th, and 20th Century (and the beginning of the 21st). The test is based on the books by Sabbatucci and Vidotto, and cannot be passed without an in-depth knowledge of a good text-book on the subject. Information on the main historical interpretations of contemporary history, its main features and events (L’età contemporanea), on the part about Italy in the Cold War, and on the part on memorial conflicts will be the object of an oral exam

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The acquisition of tools needed to understand the XIX and XX centuries will be realized through a programme divided in three parts.
In the first one, with the aid of the history manual, the basic knowledge about the development of contemporary world, about the main processes of cultural, economic, political, institutional and social transformations will be acquired. This part will also describe the key turning points and some historiographical junctions. In the second part the analysis will focus on WW1, its global dimension as watershed between the 19th and the 20th century. In the third part the study will deal with the elaboration of the idea of peace, as put forward by pacifist movements, in particular the women’s pacifism, and how it held before the deflagration of the conflict.
The acquired knowledge, verified in the relevant exams, should give evidence of the critical ability in understanding the complexity of problems the relevance of specific aspects of events in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Documentation

Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XIX Century (excluding chapters I-IV), Laterza ed.
Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XX Century, Laterza ed.
Oliver Janz, 1914-1918. The Great War, Einaudi
Stefania Bartoloni, Women before the Great War. Peace, Rights, Democracy (1978-1918), Laterza
Richard J. Overy, The Origins of the Second World War, Il Mulino



Reference Bibliography

No additional bibliografic reference

Type of delivery of the course

The course consists of frontal lessons with audiovisual aids. Lessons are the means to acquire the fundamental knowledge needed to achieve the training objectives. In order to improve the fruition of course contents include the projection of period images and audiovisual documents.

Attendance

Frequency is not compulsory but recommended taking in to account the interactive elements of the lessons and the exposition of audiovisual documents.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation will be carried out in two distinct parts: the first one foresees a test on topics treated in the two manuals of contemporary history and included in the syllabus, the test will consist of 30 questions with pre-set multiple answers, covering both the XIX and XX centuries. The test platform is Moodle and candidates have 20 minutes to answer the questions. In March a simulation will be carried out to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize with the platform and the testing method. The minimum score to pass the test is 20 points. The test is a compulsory prerequisite to undergo the second part of the examination, the oral test. The candidates have one year lapse to take the oral test once they have passed the written test. The written test takes place few days before each examination session and candidates may freely choose when to carry it out, in case the test is not passed it is possible to repeat it in any of the examination sessions. The evaluation includes then a second part: the oral test on the topics of the syllabus in order to assess the knowledge of contents, the clarity of exposition and the synthesis ability. For the students who attended the classroom lessons a test on the XIX century is planned in April while the test on the XX century will be carried out in May. The overall evaluation will take into account both scores, the one for the written test as well as the one for the oral test.

Canali

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The course is divided into three parts:
a) the first is basic and it is devoted to a historical introduction to the contemporary world
b) the second is more advanced and it is devoted to the history of Italy during the Cold War
c) the third is an advanced analysis of the memorial conflicts in the contemporary world

PART ONE (6 CFU)
This part introduces to the history of 19th and 20th Century, to methodological issues (periodization, political use of history, memory, sources), to the main phenomena (revolutions and political ideas, industrial development, mass society), and to the main historical interpretations.
Main topics: 1. Introduction to Historical Knowledge 2. The Contemporary Age: An Appraisal looking from Today 3. The Demographic Revolution 4. The Industrial and Environmental Revolution 5. Communication Revolution 6. The Cultural Revolution: The Individual and the Spread of Culture 7. The Social Revolution: Peasants, Workers, Middle Class, Women 8. Political Revolutions 9. The Rise of the Contemporary “Political Sphere”: Reactionaries, Conservatives, Liberals, Radicals, Socialists 10. Nationalism: Unification in Italy and Germany 11.The Role of Religion: Secularization and De-Christianization 12. The Age of Modernization Begins 13. The Second Acceleration of Progress. The Second Industrial Revolution 14. The Birth of Mass Society 15. Colonial Imperialism 15. Reshaping Europe: The Surfacing of America and Asia 16. World War I 17. The Age of Totalitarianism: Crisis of Democracy and Economic Collapse 18. Bolshevik Communism 19. Fascism 20. Nazism 21. World War II 22. The Cold War 23. Decolonization and Third World 24. The Origins of Welfare 25. The Affluent Society 26. The Age of the Digital Revolution

PART TWO (2 CFU)
This part introduces to the political history of contemporary Italy and to her deep connection with Cold War bipolarity: from the break of the Anti-Fascist Alliance in 1947 to the «national solidarity« governments of the 1970s.
Main topics: 1. The National and the International Dimension of the «Total» Cold War 2. The Heritage of Fascism and War (1943-1946) 3. The Birth of the Italian Political System and the Beginning of the Cold War (1947-1949) 4. The Conflicts of the Centrismo Age (1950-1955) 5. Beyond Centrismo (1956-1961) 6. Peaceful Coexistence and Center-Left (1962-1968) 7. The Years of the «Strategy of Tension» and of the Crisis of the West (1969-1973) 8. «National Solidarity » (1974-1978)

PART THREE (1CFU)
This part introduces to memorial conflicts in the contemporary world, to the problems of past crimes’ punishment and indemnification, to the relation between history and transitional justice, to memorial laws and their consequences.
Main topics: 1. War Crimes Trials 2. The Birth of a Right to Memory 3. Hate speech and class actions 4. Historical Negationism as a Crime 5. Memorial Laws 6. Commemorative Bulimia 7. History as a normed and at risk profession 8. A querelle between Law and History? 9. Memory (and Politics) vs. History


Core Documentation

Part One
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. L’Ottocento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 376 (esclusi i capitoli I-IV)
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra ad oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 552
○ S. CAVAZZA – P. POMBENI, L’età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino 2018, pp. 232 (the book is available also in the online Pandoracampus platform, with supplementary resources, and interactive contents)

Part Two
○ G. FORMIGONI, Storia d’Italia nella Guerra Fredda (1943-1978), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016, pp. 686
Part Three
o R. Moro, Dal tribunale della storia alla storia in tribunale: difesa dei diritti o reincarnazione delle ideologie?, in «Mondo Contemporaneo», 1, 2015, pp. 5-73 (download from Moodle)



Reference Bibliography

No recommended readings requested.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and multi-media presentation.

Attendance

Attendance to lessons and seminars is not mandatory, even though warmly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Obligatory written multiple-choice tests (30 questions) will verify the qualification on the history of the 19th, and 20th Century (and the beginning of the 21st). The test is based on the books by Sabbatucci and Vidotto, and cannot be passed without an in-depth knowledge of a good text-book on the subject. Information on the main historical interpretations of contemporary history, its main features and events (L’età contemporanea), on the part about Italy in the Cold War, and on the part on memorial conflicts will be the object of an oral exam

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The acquisition of tools needed to understand the XIX and XX centuries will be realized through a programme divided in three parts.
In the first one, with the aid of the history manual, the basic knowledge about the development of contemporary world, about the main processes of cultural, economic, political, institutional and social transformations will be acquired. This part will also describe the key turning points and some historiographical junctions. In the second part the analysis will focus on WW1, its global dimension as watershed between the 19th and the 20th century. In the third part the study will deal with the elaboration of the idea of peace, as put forward by pacifist movements, in particular the women’s pacifism, and how it held before the deflagration of the conflict.
The acquired knowledge, verified in the relevant exams, should give evidence of the critical ability in understanding the complexity of problems the relevance of specific aspects of events in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Documentation

Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XIX Century (excluding chapters I-IV), Laterza ed.
Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XX Century, Laterza ed.
Oliver Janz, 1914-1918. The Great War, Einaudi
Stefania Bartoloni, Women before the Great War. Peace, Rights, Democracy (1978-1918), Laterza
Richard J. Overy, The Origins of the Second World War, Il Mulino



Reference Bibliography

No additional bibliografic reference

Type of delivery of the course

The course consists of frontal lessons with audiovisual aids. Lessons are the means to acquire the fundamental knowledge needed to achieve the training objectives. In order to improve the fruition of course contents include the projection of period images and audiovisual documents.

Attendance

Frequency is not compulsory but recommended taking in to account the interactive elements of the lessons and the exposition of audiovisual documents.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation will be carried out in two distinct parts: the first one foresees a test on topics treated in the two manuals of contemporary history and included in the syllabus, the test will consist of 30 questions with pre-set multiple answers, covering both the XIX and XX centuries. The test platform is Moodle and candidates have 20 minutes to answer the questions. In March a simulation will be carried out to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize with the platform and the testing method. The minimum score to pass the test is 20 points. The test is a compulsory prerequisite to undergo the second part of the examination, the oral test. The candidates have one year lapse to take the oral test once they have passed the written test. The written test takes place few days before each examination session and candidates may freely choose when to carry it out, in case the test is not passed it is possible to repeat it in any of the examination sessions. The evaluation includes then a second part: the oral test on the topics of the syllabus in order to assess the knowledge of contents, the clarity of exposition and the synthesis ability. For the students who attended the classroom lessons a test on the XIX century is planned in April while the test on the XX century will be carried out in May. The overall evaluation will take into account both scores, the one for the written test as well as the one for the oral test.

Canali

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The course is divided into three parts:
a) the first is basic and it is devoted to a historical introduction to the contemporary world
b) the second is more advanced and it is devoted to the history of Italy during the Cold War
c) the third is an advanced analysis of the memorial conflicts in the contemporary world

PART ONE (6 CFU)
This part introduces to the history of 19th and 20th Century, to methodological issues (periodization, political use of history, memory, sources), to the main phenomena (revolutions and political ideas, industrial development, mass society), and to the main historical interpretations.
Main topics: 1. Introduction to Historical Knowledge 2. The Contemporary Age: An Appraisal looking from Today 3. The Demographic Revolution 4. The Industrial and Environmental Revolution 5. Communication Revolution 6. The Cultural Revolution: The Individual and the Spread of Culture 7. The Social Revolution: Peasants, Workers, Middle Class, Women 8. Political Revolutions 9. The Rise of the Contemporary “Political Sphere”: Reactionaries, Conservatives, Liberals, Radicals, Socialists 10. Nationalism: Unification in Italy and Germany 11.The Role of Religion: Secularization and De-Christianization 12. The Age of Modernization Begins 13. The Second Acceleration of Progress. The Second Industrial Revolution 14. The Birth of Mass Society 15. Colonial Imperialism 15. Reshaping Europe: The Surfacing of America and Asia 16. World War I 17. The Age of Totalitarianism: Crisis of Democracy and Economic Collapse 18. Bolshevik Communism 19. Fascism 20. Nazism 21. World War II 22. The Cold War 23. Decolonization and Third World 24. The Origins of Welfare 25. The Affluent Society 26. The Age of the Digital Revolution

PART TWO (2 CFU)
This part introduces to the political history of contemporary Italy and to her deep connection with Cold War bipolarity: from the break of the Anti-Fascist Alliance in 1947 to the «national solidarity« governments of the 1970s.
Main topics: 1. The National and the International Dimension of the «Total» Cold War 2. The Heritage of Fascism and War (1943-1946) 3. The Birth of the Italian Political System and the Beginning of the Cold War (1947-1949) 4. The Conflicts of the Centrismo Age (1950-1955) 5. Beyond Centrismo (1956-1961) 6. Peaceful Coexistence and Center-Left (1962-1968) 7. The Years of the «Strategy of Tension» and of the Crisis of the West (1969-1973) 8. «National Solidarity » (1974-1978)

PART THREE (1CFU)
This part introduces to memorial conflicts in the contemporary world, to the problems of past crimes’ punishment and indemnification, to the relation between history and transitional justice, to memorial laws and their consequences.
Main topics: 1. War Crimes Trials 2. The Birth of a Right to Memory 3. Hate speech and class actions 4. Historical Negationism as a Crime 5. Memorial Laws 6. Commemorative Bulimia 7. History as a normed and at risk profession 8. A querelle between Law and History? 9. Memory (and Politics) vs. History


Core Documentation

Part One
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. L’Ottocento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 376 (esclusi i capitoli I-IV)
○ G. SABBATUCCI – V. VIDOTTO, Storia contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra ad oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 552
○ S. CAVAZZA – P. POMBENI, L’età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino 2018, pp. 232 (the book is available also in the online Pandoracampus platform, with supplementary resources, and interactive contents)

Part Two
○ G. FORMIGONI, Storia d’Italia nella Guerra Fredda (1943-1978), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016, pp. 686
Part Three
o R. Moro, Dal tribunale della storia alla storia in tribunale: difesa dei diritti o reincarnazione delle ideologie?, in «Mondo Contemporaneo», 1, 2015, pp. 5-73 (download from Moodle)



Reference Bibliography

No recommended readings requested.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and multi-media presentation.

Attendance

Attendance to lessons and seminars is not mandatory, even though warmly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Obligatory written multiple-choice tests (30 questions) will verify the qualification on the history of the 19th, and 20th Century (and the beginning of the 21st). The test is based on the books by Sabbatucci and Vidotto, and cannot be passed without an in-depth knowledge of a good text-book on the subject. Information on the main historical interpretations of contemporary history, its main features and events (L’età contemporanea), on the part about Italy in the Cold War, and on the part on memorial conflicts will be the object of an oral exam

teacher profile | teaching materials

Programme

The acquisition of tools needed to understand the XIX and XX centuries will be realized through a programme divided in three parts.
In the first one, with the aid of the history manual, the basic knowledge about the development of contemporary world, about the main processes of cultural, economic, political, institutional and social transformations will be acquired. This part will also describe the key turning points and some historiographical junctions. In the second part the analysis will focus on WW1, its global dimension as watershed between the 19th and the 20th century. In the third part the study will deal with the elaboration of the idea of peace, as put forward by pacifist movements, in particular the women’s pacifism, and how it held before the deflagration of the conflict.
The acquired knowledge, verified in the relevant exams, should give evidence of the critical ability in understanding the complexity of problems the relevance of specific aspects of events in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Documentation

Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XIX Century (excluding chapters I-IV), Laterza ed.
Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Contemporary History. XX Century, Laterza ed.
Oliver Janz, 1914-1918. The Great War, Einaudi
Stefania Bartoloni, Women before the Great War. Peace, Rights, Democracy (1978-1918), Laterza
Richard J. Overy, The Origins of the Second World War, Il Mulino



Reference Bibliography

No additional bibliografic reference

Type of delivery of the course

The course consists of frontal lessons with audiovisual aids. Lessons are the means to acquire the fundamental knowledge needed to achieve the training objectives. In order to improve the fruition of course contents include the projection of period images and audiovisual documents.

Attendance

Frequency is not compulsory but recommended taking in to account the interactive elements of the lessons and the exposition of audiovisual documents.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation will be carried out in two distinct parts: the first one foresees a test on topics treated in the two manuals of contemporary history and included in the syllabus, the test will consist of 30 questions with pre-set multiple answers, covering both the XIX and XX centuries. The test platform is Moodle and candidates have 20 minutes to answer the questions. In March a simulation will be carried out to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize with the platform and the testing method. The minimum score to pass the test is 20 points. The test is a compulsory prerequisite to undergo the second part of the examination, the oral test. The candidates have one year lapse to take the oral test once they have passed the written test. The written test takes place few days before each examination session and candidates may freely choose when to carry it out, in case the test is not passed it is possible to repeat it in any of the examination sessions. The evaluation includes then a second part: the oral test on the topics of the syllabus in order to assess the knowledge of contents, the clarity of exposition and the synthesis ability. For the students who attended the classroom lessons a test on the XIX century is planned in April while the test on the XX century will be carried out in May. The overall evaluation will take into account both scores, the one for the written test as well as the one for the oral test.