CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

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Code
55879
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
1° Semester
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This unit is divided into 3 sections: A, B, C. This page refers to the section
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This course aims to promote basic historical skills and give students a good knowledge of historical phenomena of contemporary age, being able to grasp the complexity and the changes over time of political-institutional, economic-social and cultural factors. The course highlights the knowledge of the main facts and events in European and world history, placing them within the framework of the evolution of the international system and the interactions between the various areas of the world.

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will be expected to be able to critically assess the interrelations of historical processes in different areas of the world; to come into contact with the main historical sources and interpretations; and to develop critical awareness of ongoing political and economic changes, both domestically and internationally, and of the role of international organizations.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Extensive use of power point presentations (historical maps, data, pictures) and audiovisual materials (documentaries, films). In the course website original documentation (speeches, official documents, treaties etc.) will be uploaded. The documents are mandatory for the examination.

36 hours of lectures, equal to 6 CFU.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The program of the course is divided into twenty macro-areas of study, each examining in depth a specific collection of events with the aim of retracing two centuries of Italian, European and global history. From the European Restoration, following the Napoleonic wars, the course will follow up until present day. In addition, the programme offers an overview of the great political, social, economic and cultural transformations that have followed in the main arrears of the world (Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa) during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, taking in consideration also fundamental references to the great revolutions (American Revolution, French Revolution and Industrial Revolution) with their deep influences on the entire contemporary era. 

Specifically, the following topics will be covered: 1) The Congress of Vienna and the Restoration; 2) The crisis of the Ancien Régime and the liberal, democratic and national revolutions (1820-1848); 3) The Italian and German unification; 4) The Oriental Question; 5) The extra-European world: the Taiping Revolution in China; the opening of Japan in the fifties; the revolution of Meiji; the Civil War in the United States of America; 6) Imperialism and colonialism; 7) Italy of Giolitti; 8) From the Russian Revolution of 1905 to the First World War; 9) The Russian Revolution; 10) The Treaties of Paris and their consequences; 11) Postwar and Fascism; 12) The Republic of Weimar; Hitler and the Nazism; 13) The Second World War; 14) The post-war period and the Cold War; 15) Italian Republic; 16) Decolonization; 17) Large international post-war crisis. The Middle East knot; 18) The process of European unification; 19) The fall of communism. The contemporary world; 20) Regionalism and the new international order

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For the exam, students should prepare on the course topics and the following textbook:   Sandro Rogari, L’Età della globalizzazione. Storia del mondo contemporaneo dalla Restaurazione ai giorni nostri, UTET Università, Novara, 2014. Per approfondimenti, si segnalano i seguenti volumi: Umberto Morelli, Storia dell’integrazione europea, Edizioni Guerini, Milano 2011; Guido Formigoni, Storia della politica internazionale nell’età contemporanea, il Mulino, Bologna, 2006; Giovanni Montroni, Scenari del mondo contemporaneo dal 1815 ad oggi, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2005. Foreign students can also study the general aspects of foreign language textbook (English, French, etc.), by prior agreement with the teacher.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: The teacher receives by appointment. Please write to filippo.giordano@unige.it

Exam Board

FILIPPO MARIA GIORDANO (President)

ROBERTO MACCARINI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures. Extensive use of power point presentations (historical maps, data, pictures) and audiovisual materials (documentaries, films). In the course website original documentation (speeches, official documents, treaties etc.) will be uploaded. The documents are mandatory for the examination.

36 hours of lectures, equal to 6 CFU.

LESSONS START

Tuesday 2 October 2018

  • Tuesday at 08.00-10.00
  • Thursday 08.00-09.00

EXAMS

Exam description

Written and/or oral (see box “Other information”)

The course requires oral tests at the end of the program at any of planned appeals.

Assessment methods

The exam consists on an oral presentation of variable length depending on individual skills.

FURTHER INFORMATION

In relation to the number of students, it is possible that the oral exam (provided) will be accompanied or replaced by a written exam