CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

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Code
72693
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
10 credits during the 1st year of 8776 POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION (L-16) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The unit consists of an introduction to history of 19th and 20th centuries with the aim of providing students, in a global and comparative perspective, with a picture of the great international economic, political, social and cultural transformations that have been happening in the two centuries by bringing the student closer to the use of documentary sources and to the complexity of historiographic interpretations.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course deals with the great events of the 19th and 20th century history.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The unit gives students the fundamental knowledge of the history of the 19th and 20th century in order to acquire the ability to analyze and critically interpret, in a diachronic and synchronic key, the main problems of the contemporary age:

  • to understand the main issues of the discipline and to follow the events and processes;
  • to interpret critically the data and issues relating to the subject of study and reflection on the main topics, forming independent judgments on them;
  • to communicate, with command of language, information, and issues related to the contemporary history;
  • acquisition of the main basic tools and the ability to use them so that you can deal autonomously further studies in the subject field.

PREREQUISITES

Knowledge of the Italian language.
Basic geographical knowledge of the location of States.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures (60 hours). The Lecturer will meet periodically foreign students to discuss, in English, their assignments and evaluate their learning progress.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Specifically, the following topics will be covered:

  1. The Congress of Vienna and the Restoration
  2. From the uprisings of 1820-1821 to the 1848 uprising
  3. The Italian and German unification
  4. The Oriental Question
  5. The extra-European world: China, Japan, Latin America; the Civil War in the US
  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. Post-war and Fascism
  12. The Republic of Weimar; Hitler and the Nazis
  13. The Second World War
  14. The post-war period and the Cold War
  15. Large international post-war crisis. The Middle East knot
  16. The fall of communism. The contemporary world

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Compulsory books:

Alberto Mario Banti, L'età contemporanea. Dalle rivoluzioni settecentesche all'imperialismo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ultima edizione, a partire dal capitolo 13.

Alberto Mario Banti, L'età contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra a oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ultima edizione.

Non-attending students, who are required to contact the lecturer, must study also one of the texts indicated in Aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Write an e-mail to lara.piccardo@unige.it

Exam Board

LARA PICCARDO (President)

MARIA ELISABETTA TONIZZI

GUIDO LEVI

ANDREA CATANZARO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures (60 hours). The Lecturer will meet periodically foreign students to discuss, in English, their assignments and evaluate their learning progress.

 

LESSONS START

(approx. from Sept. to Dec. ). Please see the DISPO website ("Didattica")

 

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral exam. The exam is subdivided in two parts (one for the 19th and the other for the 20th century: both of them must be sufficient.

Assessment methods

The achievement of the training objectives of the course is verified through two questions, one relating to the 19th century and the other to the 20th century. For non-attending students there is an additional question concerning the chosen reading indicated in the program.

The final exam will be oral but foreign students can apply to take it in writing, in English or Italian. The candidate must demonstrate critical knowledge of the topics and the ability to organize the speech using an appropriate vocabulary.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION