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HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA (CANADA, UNITED STATES)

CODE 104501
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The teaching aims to provide tools and critical skills for a knowledge of history of the United States and Canada, bringing the student closer to the use of documentary sources and the complexity of historiographic interpretations.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course covers the history of North America from its early stages till September 11th. It offers highlights of sub-continent’s history that allowed led to  Canada and United States of today. The target of the course is to provide students with a general knowledge of the first three centuries of Northern American history. 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching aims to provide students with an introduction to the political, economic and social issues of North America (Canada and the United States) history. The teaching  also offers a basic knowledge of the history of this sub-continent with particular reference to the specific cultures that have made it so peculiar. The aim of it will therefore be to provide the skills to make thematic and cultural links between the historical dynamics dealt with, also considering the mutual influence in the developing process.

    PREREQUISITES

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

     

    TEACHING METHODS

    36-hour teaching equivalent to 6 CFU and 54 hours equivalent to 9 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

    The teaching assigns from 6 to 9 credits according to the program of each student. It is also the same program for non-attending students.

    For  6 CFU teaching

    The teaching (36 hours of lessons) illustrates the history of North America from the colonial age until the beginning of the 21st century up to the attacks of September the 11th 2001. It is about the historical evolution of the region that gave rise to today Canada and United States . The aim of the teaching is to provide students with a general knowledge of the first three centuries (18th,19th and 20th sec.) of North American history. Attendance at lessons is required. To pass the exam it is necessary to study the books listed in the bibliography.

    For 9 CFU teaching

    In addition to what is indicated for the 6 CFU teaching, the second part of the teaching (18 hours of lessons) will deepen the history of New Deal from 1929 Big Crash to the Thirties reforms. 

    Syllabus

    1. Overview; the colonial era: varous colonization of North America (sec. XV-XVIII);
    2. The Age of Independence (1756-1775);
    3. The Declaration of Independence and the War against Motherland (1776-1783);
    4. From Confederation to Constitution (1777-1788) and the shaping of the New Republic (1789-1800);
    5. Expantion, developement and political changing (1800-1850);
    6. The ordeal of Union (1850-1865);
    7. Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865-1896);
    8. Foreign policy and the Imperial Developement (1865-1917);
    9. The Progressive Era(1896-1917);
    10. World War One (1917-1919) and the Twenties
    11. The Big Crash and the New Deal;
    12. World War Two and the Roots of Cold War
    13. The Fifties between Better Living and the Fight for Civil Rights
    14. The long lasting Sixties
    15. The Seventies: crisis and the reborn of Conservatorism
    16. The Eighties: Ronald Reagan and the end of Cold War
    17. From the Nineties to September 11th, 2001
    18. Canada: geographical and morphological features; end of 6 CFU.
    19. Canada:  historical stages 
    20. Canada: how the country has evolved;
    21. The origin of 1929 crisis;
    22. 1929 crisis: development and highlights;
    23. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: the man and the politician;
    24. The First New Deal;
    25. The Second New Deal
    26. The New Deal: a global history
    27. Final consideration; End of  9 CFU

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliography for the 6 cfu program

    Point 1. a volume chosen from the following :

    - Stefano Luconi, La "nazione indispensabile". Storia degli Stati Uniti dalle origini a Trump, Le Monnier, Firenze, 2020;
    - Arnaldo Testi, La formazione degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013;
    - Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014;

    Point 2: in addition to the study of one of the volumes listed in point 1, the student must also deepen a volume chosen from the following:

      - Tiziano Bonazzi, La rivoluzione americana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018;

       - Enrico Dal Lago, Lincoln, Roma, Salerno Ed., 2022;

      - Ferdinando Fasce, I presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

    - Tania Groppi, Il Canada, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006;

    - Jonathan Scott Holloway, Breve storia degli afroamericani, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2022;

      - Raimondo Luraghi, La guerra civile americana. Le ragioni e i protagonisti del primo conflitto industriale, Milano, Rizzoli, 2013;

    - Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Torino, Einaudi, 2019;

    - Kiran Klaus Patel, Il New Deal. Una storia globale, Torino, Einaudi, 2018;

    - Elisabetta Vezzosi, Mosaico americano. Società e cultura negli USA contemporanei, Roma, Carocci, 2005.

    Bibliografy for the 9 cfu program

    Point 1: to read the two volumes indicated below

    - Arnaldo Testi, La formazione degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013;

    -  Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014;

    Point 2: in addition to the study of one of the volumes listed in point 1, the student must deepen a volume chosen from the following:

    - Tiziano Bonazzi, La rivoluzione americana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018;

     

       - Enrico Dal Lago, Lincoln, Roma, Salerno Ed., 2022;

     

      - Ferdinando Fasce, I presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

    - Tania Groppi, Il Canada, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006;

    - Jonathan Scott Holloway, Breve storia degli afroamericani, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2022;

      - Raimondo Luraghi, La guerra civile americana. Le ragioni e i protagonisti del primo conflitto industriale, Milano, Rizzoli, 2013;

    - Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Torino, Einaudi, 2019;

    - Kiran Klaus Patel, Il New Deal. Una storia globale, Torino, Einaudi, 2018;

    - Elisabetta Vezzosi, Mosaico americano. Società e cultura negli USA contemporanei, Roma, Carocci, 2005.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    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.

    According to the number of students, thematic insights and individual presentations in oral form are required.
     

    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.