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CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

CODE 55879
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/04
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    SECTIONING This unit is divided into 3 sections:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course of Contemporary History (unit A) is in line with the objectives of the degree course in Modern Languages ​​and Cultures (LCM), as it intends to provide the essential tools for understanding, in a transnational perspective, the dynamics, processes and events of the contemporary world, in a phase between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of XXI century

    The course is reserved for students with a surname A-D.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of the course is provide students with basic knowledge of 19th and 20th century history both from a political-institutional and social-economic point of view, in order to achieve four main targets: contextualize events, identify causes and effects; being able to undertake historical research through the correct use of sources; being familiar with various historiographical interpretations; efficiently communicate the contents learned.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide to the students an introduction  to the political, economic and social issues and problems inherent in the historical history of the Western world, in particular Europe and the United States. The course aims to offer basic knowledge of the contemporary history of the 20th century with specific references to the cultures of foreign languages chosen by the students. The aim of the teaching will therefore be to provide the skills to make thematic and cultural connections between the historical dynamics dealt with, with the languages, cultures and other disciplines covered by the chosen curricula. Finally, the ability to clearly and consistently explain the topics covered by the exam using an appropriate language of the discipline.

    PREREQUISITES

    A good knowledge of written and spoken Italian is necessary to pass the exam

    For foreign students a basic knowledge of the Italian language is sufficient, cf. the paragraph “C.II.10. Avvertenze per gli studenti stranieri”, pp. 16-17, of the “Guida ai Corsi di Studio in Lingue del Dipartimento di Lingue e Culture Moderne”, a.y. 2021-2022.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Course of 36 hours, equivalent to 6 CFU.

    Attendance is not compulsory but warmly recommended.

    The course, for the academic year 2022/2023, will take place through classroom lectures.

    The same will in any case be registered and made available in Aulaweb at the link of the course.

    Distance learning will be used, through the TEAMS platforms, only in the case of a Red weather alarm when all the University offices are closed.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Program:

    1. Presentation of the course; Europe between the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries: Belle époque, mass-corporations and transnational empires.

    2. The First World War (I part).

    3. The First World War (part II) and the Russian Revolution.

    4. From the Biennio Rosso period to the Fascist regime.

    5. Consolidation of the Fascist regime; Stalinism and Nazism.

    6. The Liberal Democracies between the two wars: France and Great Britain.

    7. The Liberal Democracies between the two wars: the United States; the new European crisis and the Second World War.

    8. The Second World War and Italy: The Fall of Fascism, the Resistance and the birth of the Republic.

    9. The new world order and the outbreak of the Cold War.

    10. The unfolding of the Cold War and decolonization.

    11. The Golden Age and the start of the European integration process (part I).

    12. The Golden Age and the start of the European integration process (part II).

    13. Italy from post-war reconstruction to the economic miracle.

    14. Triumph and crisis of the liberal state in the United States: John F. Kennedy.

    15. Triumph and crisis of the liberal state in the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson.

    16. Western countries between culture and social crisis: 1968

    17. The 1970s: from the age of  malaise to neoconservatism.

    18. The years of lead in Italy.

    19. Italian politics and society in the 1980s.

    20. The crisis of  USSR and the end of  Cold War.

    21. The crisis of the First Republic in Italy.

    22. Globalisation and fulfilment of European economic integration.

    23. The end of the century and the attacks of September Eleven.

    The course also aims to offer students methods and tools for a critical knowledge of contemporary history bringing them closer  to actual most  relevant historiographic issues.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For ATTENDING students:
    students must study, in addition to the notes taken in class, the following book:

    - Alberto M. Banti, L’età contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra a oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2009;


    Students must also choose and study one of the following books:

    F. Anania, a.c.,  Consumi e mass media, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (escluso il capitolo II);

    V. Castronovo, L'Italia del miracolo economico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010;

    S. Colarizi, Un paese in movimento. L’Italia negli anni Sessanta e Settanta, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2020;
    F. Fasce, I Presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

    E. Gentile,  Il fascismo in tre capitoli, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004;

    S. Salvatici, a. c., Storia delle donne nell’Italia contemporanea, Roma, Carocci, 2022; only the following parts: Introduction and chapters 2; 4; 5; 7; 8 e 10.

     

    For NON-attending students:
    - P. Viola, Storia moderna e contemporanea, IV. Il Novecento, Torino, Einaudi, 2000


    plus one of the following books at student's choice:

    F. Anania, a.c.,  Consumi e mass media, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (escluso il capitolo II);

    V. Castronovo, L'Italia del miracolo economico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010;

    S. Colarizi, Un paese in movimento. L’Italia negli anni Sessanta e Settanta, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2020;
    F. Fasce, I Presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

    E. Gentile,  Il fascismo in tre capitoli, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004;

    S. Salvatici, a. c., Storia delle donne nell’Italia contemporanea, Roma, Carocci, 2022; only the following parts: Introduction and chapters 2; 4; 5; 7; 8 e 10.

     

    Foreign students can also study the general aspects  in a foreign language (English, French, etc.), only if agrreed with the teacher. However, a reading in Italian choosen among the above list is mandatory.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Wednesday October 5th, 2022, 12 a.m., classroom 18, Albergo dei Poveri.

    Class schedule

    CONTEMPORARY HISTORY A

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam either at the end of the course  and at all the scheduled dates. 

    Registration procedures for exams through University website are unchanged .

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The test consists of an interview of varying duration that will allow to verify the student's skills. The evaluation parameters are: quality of the exposure; the correct use of the historiographic lexicon; the critical reasoning skills with respect to the program.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with SLD certification, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course. These students will be granted the compensatory / dispensatory tools recognized by the University.Contact Person for the Department Prof.ssa Sara Dickinson.