CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

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Code
65234
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
12 credits during the 3nd year of 8459 History (L-42) GENOVA

9 credits during the 3nd year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA

9 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA

12 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (History)
semester
2° Semester
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This unit is divided into 2 sections: A, B. This page refers to the section
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims to provide students with a basic framework for the understanding of the contemporary history of European and non-European countries, through a perspective that highlights the plurality of methodological approaches in historical analysis.The chronological scope of the course ranges from the French Revolution (1789) to the end of the Cold War (1989-91) and includes an analysis of the main historical events and the treatment of the most relevant historiographical issues for the contemporary age
 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of this course is to provide a basic framework for the understanding of the main political, social, economic and cultural phenomena of the contemporary age (from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War), setting them into a national as well as into a global perspective.

This course (Storia contemporanea frazione B) is destined to those students whose last names have initials ranging from the letters K to the letter Z.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aims
The aim of this course is to provide a basic framework for the understanding of the main political, social, economic and cultural phenomena of the contemporary age (from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War), in a national as well as global perspective.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

- demonstrate a solid understanding of the main turning points of contemporary history (knowledge and understanding)
- develop the ability to build links between phenomena and propose analysis that takes into account historical development also in in comparative terms (knowledge and ability of applied comprehension)
- recognize the nature of the sources for contemporary history and be able to assess the importance of the specific problems faced (knowledge and skills of applied comprehension)
- develop a critical approach to historiographic interpretations (autonomy of judgment).
- use an appropriate disciplinary language articulating the problems analyzed according to their different aspects (institutional, economic, cultural ...) and highlighting their connections (written and oral communication skills)

PREREQUISITES

This course (Storia contemporanea frazione B) is destined to those students whose last names have initials ranging from the letters K to the letter Z.

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures for a total of 72 hours.The use of primary sources, web resources and of audiovisual material is envisaged; powerpoint presentations will be used.Seminars and lectures by scholars and external experts will be possible for the exemplification of interpretative paths and research experiences on specific problems.Continuity of attendance is recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

THE PROGRAM IS THE SAME FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LECTURES AND THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ATTENDING. This course (Storia contemporanea frazione B) is destined to those students whose last names have initials ranging from the letters K to the letter Z.

For all modules (6, 9, 12 cfu) the program is organized following the topics considered in the reference manual. The different modules are differentiated by the diverse level of historiographical understanding, connected with the study of specific monographs (1 for 6 credits, 2 for 9 credits, 3 for 12 credits), in addition to the study of the manual that is common to all modules. 

For the 6 cfu module the student is required to be able to orientate himself/herself with respect to the main temporal articulations of the contemporary age.

For the 9 cfu module, the student is required to orientate himself/herself with respect to the main temporal articulations of the contemporary age; the has to prove an adequate understanding of causal links that determine the development of historical processes.

For the 12 cfu module the student is required to be able to orientate himself/herself with respect to the main temporal articulations of the contemporary age; to prove an adequate understanding of causal links that determine the development of historical processes; to have learned the rudiments of the historical method and to be able to orientate with respect to the main historiographical debates.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE PROGRAM IS THE SAME FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LECTURES AND FOR THOSE NOT ATTENDING.

Reference Manual:  A. M. Banti, L’età contemporanea, vol I (Dalle rivoluzioni settecentesche all’imperialismo) e vol. II (Dalla Grande Guerra a oggi), Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2012.
 

List of monographs to choose from:


For the 6 cfu program the student must prepare, in addition to the manual on which he/she will be examined in the written test, 1 monograph chosesn from the list below.

For the 9 cfu program, the student must prepare, in addition to the manual on which he/she will be examined in the written test, 2 monographs chosen from the list below.


For the 12 cfu program, the student must prepare, in addition to the manual on which he/she will be examined in the written test, 3 monographs chosen from the list below.

Students may optionally choose to read the monographs in the original language in which they were published.


Christophe Charle, Gli intellettuali nell’Ottocento: saggio di storia comparata europea, Il Mulino, Bologna 2002 [1998].

Wolfgang Reinhard, Storia del colonialismo, Torino, Einaudi, 2002 [1996].

Alberto Mario Banti, La nazione del Risorgimento. Parentela, santità e onore alle origini dell’Italia unita, Einaudi, Torino 2011 [2000].

Eugen Weber, Da contadini a francesi. La modernizzazione della Francia rurale, 1870-1914, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1989 [1976].

George L. Mosse, Sessualità e nazionalismo, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1996 [1985].

Arno J. Mayer, Il potere dell’Ancien Régime fino alla prima guerra mondiale, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1999 [1981].

George D. H. Cole, Storia del pensiero socialista, Laterza, Bari, 1973 (vol. 1 e vol. 2) [1953-1959].

Sven Beckert, L’impero del cotone. Una storia globale, Einaudi, Torino, 2016 [2014].

Benny Morris, Vittime. Storia del conflitto arabo-sionista.1881-2001, Rizzoli, Milano 2003 [2001].

Jay Winter, Il lutto e la memoria. La Grande guerra nella storia culturale europea, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2014 [1995]

Robert Paxton, Il fascismo in azione. Che cosa hanno veramente fatto i movimenti fascisti per affermarsi in Europa, Mondadori, Milano, 2005.

Eric D. Weitz, La Germania di Weimar. Utopia e tragedia,Torino, Einaudi, 2008 [2007].

Karl Polanyi, La grande trasformazione. Le origini economiche e politiche della nostra epoca, Einaudi, Torino, 2010 [1944].

Ian Kershaw, Che cos'è il nazismo ? Problemi interpretativi e prospettive di ricerca, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2003 [1985].

Cristopher R. Browning, Le origini della Soluzione finale. L’evoluzione della politica antiebraica del nazismo. Settembre 1939 – Marzo 1942, il Saggiatore, Milano, 2012 [2004].

Eric J. Hobsbawn, Il trionfo della borghesia (1848-1875), Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2003 [1975].

Hannah Arendt, Le origini del totalitarismo, Torino, Einaudi, 2017 [1951].

Filippo Focardi, Il cattivo italiano e il bravo tedesco. La rimozione delle colpe della seconda guerra mondiale, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2016.

Claudio Pavone, Una guerra civile. Saggio storico sulla moralità nella Resistenza, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2013 [1991].

Federico Romero, Storia della guerra fredda. L’ultimo conflitto per l’Europa, Torino, Einaudi, 2009.

Victoria de Grazia, L'impero irresistibile: la società dei consumi americana alla conquista del mondo, Torino, Einaudi, 2006 [2005].

Tony Judt, Postwar. La nostra storia 1945-2005,Roma-Bari, Laterza 2017, [2005].

David S. Landes, Prometeo liberato. Trasformazioni tecnologiche e sviluppo industriale nell’Europa occidentale dal 1750 ai giorni nostri, Einaudi, Torino, 2016 [1969].

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Office hours will be posted on the instructors personal page: http://www.dafist.unige.it/?dipendente=711891 Students may contact the instructor at the following email address: guri.schwarz@edu.unige.it 

Exam Board

GURI SCHWARZ (President)

FRANCESCO CASSATA

NICOLA BASSONI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures for a total of 72 hours.The use of primary sources, web resources and of audiovisual material is envisaged; powerpoint presentations will be used.Seminars and lectures by scholars and external experts will be possible for the exemplification of interpretative paths and research experiences on specific problems.Continuity of attendance is recommended.

LESSONS START

March 11, 2019

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam is divided into a written and an oral part. The written test is aimed at verifying the acquisition of the essential notions for the understanding of the main articulations of contemporary history, studied through the reference manual, and is structured with short answer questions. Passing the written test is a precondition necessary to gain access the oral exam. The written test allows students to obtain up to a maximum of 16 points and is considered passed if the students acquirest at least 12 points.

On the other hand, the oral exam is dedicated to the verification of the student's critical elaboration and argumentation skills, and is dedicated to the discussion of the monograph(s) chosen. The oral exam can allow to obtain up to a maximum of 14 points. Together, the oral exam and the written test allow the students to obtain up to a maximum of 30 points.

 For students attending the lectures thewritten test is divided into two parts that will take place during the course. Each part consists of two short answer questions, each question is worth a maximum of 4 points. The two tests therefore allow to obtain a maximum of 8 points each, for a total of 16 for the two tests summed together. The first test will take place mid-course and will cover the topics covered in the first volume of the manual. The second test will take place in the last lecture of the course and will cover the topics covered in the second volume of the manual. Those students who have obtained at least 12 points out of 16 will be admitted to the oral exam. 

For students not attending the lecturesthe written exam is held in a single solution on the dates of the oral exams and consists of four short-answer questions worth four points each. The test is considered passed, and the student is admitted to the oral exam, if at least 12 points are obtained. If the students passes the written exam, the oral exam can be held the same day or a day later that will be indicated by the instructor.

Assessment methods

The examination committee verifies the achievement of the course’s objectives, taking into account the following factors: a) level of mastery of the fundamental notions;b) ability to apply knowledge (source analysis);c) ability of critical reasoning on the topics studies;d) ability to organize knowledge discursively, using a specific language appropriate for the discipline.