CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

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Code
57036
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
10 credits during the 2nd year of 8768 International and Diplomatic Sciences (L-36) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (International and Diplomatic Sciences)
semester
1° Semester
Prerequisites
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims to provide critical tools and skills for a thorough knowledge of contemporary world history of the 19th and 20th centuries, bringing the student closer to the use of documentary sources and the complexity of historiographic interpretations.

During the course, thematic seminars will be organized on contemporary Europe.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Teaching is intended to provide students with a basic knowledge of the world history in the contemporary age both politically-institutionally and economically-socially.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide the student with:

* Basics of events, cultures and transformations in Italy, Europe and the world in contemporary age

* Specific insights into the most important historiographic developments that characterized the 19th and 20th centuries

* Direct knowledge of historical sources

The course also aims to teach students:

* An approach to the interpretative and critical dimension of historiographic research

* Methodological knowledge and skills adequate to prepare and present individual papers on specific themes of contemporary history

PREREQUISITES

Prerequisites for the modern history exam are scheduled

Teaching methods

The lessons are frontal.
Attending students will be involved in group research and in presenting short reports on a current topic.
During the course will be organized and recommended thematic seminars on deepening contemporary Europe.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

PROGRAM

From modern history to contemporary history

Notes on the American Revolution. From confederation to federation

Notes on the French Revolution. State and nation

Industrial Revolution and Communications

Europe in 1815 - The Vienna Congress - Territorial modifications

The European Balance System

Country and nationality

 1820-21, 1830-31, 1848 Revolutions in Europe

Independence of Spanish colonies in Latin America

Doctrine of Monroe

France from Charles X to Louis Philippe d'Orléans

 Independence of Belgium - The independence of Greece 

The Eastern Question

The French conquest of Algeria

Egypt of Mehemet Alì and the occupation of Syria

Palmerston's policy

The issue of the Straits - The London Convention of 1841

Notes on social and economic transformations in the mid-eighties

Free exchange and protectionism - Cobden, List

Abolition of Corn legislation

Opium War in China and Nanjing Treaty

The German unification process 
Zollverein

Bismarck, Cavour, Napoleon III

Prussia's wars against Denmark, Austria

Franco-Prussian War - Creation of the German Empire

The process of Italian unification

Moderate and revolutionary

Mazzini, Garibaldi, Cattaneo

The First War of Independence

Second War of Independence - Creation of the Kingdom of Italy

 

Europe in the 1950s - The Crimean War - The Paris Conference of 1856

Napoleon III's Mediterranean Policy

Third War of Independence

Italian colonial policy

US territorial expansion in the first half of the nineteenth century

Texas question

US-Mexico War

Secession War in the United States

Japan's opening in the Fifties - The Meij Revolution

The modernization and the process of expansion of Japan

Chinese-Japanese and Russian-Japanese wars

Europe between 1870 and 1890 - From liberty to protectionism

 Nationalism

Bismarck's policy

The Balkan war in the mid 1970s

The Congress of St. Stephen and the Congress of Berlin

The "Triplice" Alliance

Europe at the turn of the 20th century: social, economic and political situation

Colonialism and imperialism. The division of the world and the contrasts of imperialism in Asia and Africa

Opposite alliances and militarization

Russia 1905 - End of absolutism

Revolution of Young Turks

Balkan wars 1912-1913 - Moroccan crises

Towards the First World War. Storiographic Interpretations

World War I

The Society of Nations

Russian Revolution

The period between the two wars

Stalinian period

Fascist Italy

Locarno Conference

The 29th Crisis

Stresa Conference

Nazi Germany

The Ethiopian War

The advent to Franco's power in Spain

Anschluss's attempts

Munich Conference

Pact Molotov-Ribbentrop

US neutrality law: from Johnson's Act to Lend Lease


World War II

Conferences of the Three Great: Tehran, Yalta, Potsdam

Question of Germany

Question of Poland


Italy after World War II: party system, institutional referendum, 1948 elections, centrist governments, Trieste issue

Stalin's "two camps" policy

The creation of the Cominform. The outbreak of Yugoslavia in 1948
Doctrine of containment, roll-back and massive retaliation, "flexible response"

Truman's Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Block, NATO

The Atomic: From the Baruch Plan to the Arms Race. The first agreements on the limitation of nuclear weapons. Salt I and Salt II


The launch of the European integration process

Brussels, OECE, Council of Europe

The birth of the European Communities


The center-left in Italy

1968 in Italy and in the world

The period of terrorism

The end of the first Republic


Decolonization notes

The Indian case

The Algerian case

Indochina and the Vietnam War


Cuba: from Batista to Fidel Castro

Cuba's Missile Crisis

De Gaulle Europe. The contrast with Kennedy

Berlin Crisis. The construction of the Wall


European integration: from the Treaties of Rome to our day

The Hague Conference, The 1970s crisis, the European Parliament elections, the draft Treaty of 1984, the Maastricht Treaty

Enlargement and attempts at institutional reform


Stalin's death and start-up

The 20th Congress of the PCUS and the Kruscev era

Insurrections in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia

The fall of the Berlin Wall


China from the proclamation of the Republic to this day. Period between the two wars: Mao, Ciang-Kai-Schek, civil war, long march, Japanese invasion.
The birth of the People's Republic, the two Cine
The progressive detachment from the USSR
The cultural revolution
Deng Xiao Ping


Afghanistan: from the postwar period to the Soviet invasion


Sudan between 800 and 900


The Rwanda crisis


Sykes-Picot, Hussein-MacMahon, the Balfour statement.

 The period between the two wars in Palestine

 The birth of the State of Israel

Nasser and the crisis of the Suez Canal

Arab-Israeli wars

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For the institutional part, the students must prepare one of the following manuals:

- G. Sabbatucci – V. Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo dal 1848 a oggi, Bari, Laterza, 2006 (questo testo dovrà essere integrato con un volume a scelta dello studente per il periodo compreso tra il 1815 e il 1848)

- G. Aliberti, F. Malgeri, Da popolo a cittadini. Gli Europei (1815-2005), Milano, LED, 2006.


For the monographic part - Italy's role in the European integration process - will be included ad hoc texts on aulaweb

The non-attending student will have to report on one of the following volumes:

 

Europa e mondo

  • Agostino Giovagnoli, Sessantotto. La festa della contestazione, Ed. San Paolo, 2018
  • Le sfide della pace. L’ONU e l’Italia per una World Community (1945-2015), Padova, Cedam, 2017
  • Olivier Wieviorka, Une histoire de la Résistance en Europe occidentale: 1940-1945, Paris 2017
  • Daniele Archibugi e Alice Pease, Delitto e castigo nella società globale. Crimini e processi internazionali, Roma, Castelvecchi, 2017
  • Lara Piccardo, Ai confini dell’Europa. Piccola storia della Crimea contesa, Bari, Cacucci, 2017
  • John Harper, La guerra fredda. Storia di un mondo in bilico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017
  • Sara Lorenzini, Una strana guerra fredda. Lo sviluppo e le relazioni Nord-Sud, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017
  • Marcello Flores, Il genocidio degli Armeni, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017
  • Angelo D’Orsi, 1917. L'anno della rivoluzione, Laterza 2016
  • Forcellese, Franchi, Macchia, La fine del Comunismo in Europa. Regimi e dissidenze, 1946-1989, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2016
  • Le riviste e l’integrazione europea, a cura di Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda e Luciano Tosi, Padova, Cedam, 2016
  • Vittorio Criscuolo, Il Congresso di Vienna, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015
  • Leonardo Campus, I sei giorni che sconvolsero il mondo. La crisi dei missili di Cuba e le sue percezioni internazionali, Mondadori 2015
  • Donatella Di Cesare, Israele. Terra, ritorno, anarchia,Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2014
  • Timothy Snyder, Terre di sangue. L'Europa nella morsa di Hitler e Stalin, Rizzoli 2011
  • Frederick Kempe, Berlin 1961, Putnam 2011 
  • Marco Clementi, Il diritto al dissenso. Il progetto costituzionale di Andrej Sacharov, Roma, Odradek ed., 2002


Italia

  • Daniela Preda, Alcide De Gasperi: European Founding Father, Brussels, Peter Lang, 2017
  • Nicola Pedrazzi, L’Italia che sognava Enver. Partigiani, comunisti, marxisti-leninisti: gli amici italiani dell’Albania popolare (1943-1976), Bestaeditrice, 2017
  • Piero Craveri, L’arte del non governo. L’inarrestabile declino della Repubblica, Marsilio, Venezia 2016
  • Mariuccia Salvati, Passaggi. Italiani dal fascismo alla Repubblica, Roma, Carocci, 2016
  • Guido Formigoni, Storia d’Italia nella Guerra Fredda (1943-1978), Il Mulino, Bologna 2016
  • Marco Patricelli, L'Italia delle sconfitte. Da Custoza alla ritirata di Russia, Laterza 2016
  • Antonio Varsori, Radioso Maggio. Come l’Italia entrò in guerra, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015
  • Maurizio Ridolfi (a cura di), I Presidenti: storia e costumi della Repubblica nell’Italia democratica, Roma, Viella, 2014
  • Luca Riccardi, L’ultima politica estera. L’Italia e il Medio Oriente alla fine della Prima Repubblica, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2014
  • Federica Onelli, All'alba del neoatlantismo. La politica egiziana dell’Italia 1951-1956, Franco Angeli, 2013
  • Agostino Giovagnoli, Il caso Moro. Una tragedia repubblicana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009
  • Luca Micheletta, La resa dei conti: il Kosovo, l’Italia e la dissoluzione della Jugoslavia (1939-1941), Roma, Edizioni Nuova cultura, 2008

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Lara Piccardo: by appointment at the DISPO (lara.piccardo@unige.it). Daniela Preda: Tuesday 14-17 and by appointment at the DISPO.

Exam Board

DANIELA PREDA (President)

ANGELICA RADICCHI

MARIA ELISABETTA TONIZZI

LARA PICCARDO

MARINA MILAN

ALDO MARIO GORINI

MARIA ELEONORA GUASCONI

GUIDO LEVI

FILIPPO MARIA GIORDANO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The lessons are frontal.
Attending students will be involved in group research and in presenting short reports on a current topic.
During the course will be organized and recommended thematic seminars on deepening contemporary Europe.

LESSONS START

Tuesday, 18 September 2018.

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam is in part written (the nineteenth) and partly oral (the twentieth century) and involves questions both on the institutional part and on the texts of in-depth. The oral part, on average, lasts around 15-20 minutes.
Attending students can attend a written exam in itinere in the nineteenth century.
For attending students, the oral report presented during the course is evaluated. For non-attending students, an in-depth study will be chosen among the proposals published du aulaweb.

Assessment methods

The Commission is designated by the Department Council and chaired by the course professor. The evaluation is based mainly on the knowledge of the subject, but also on the quality of the exposure, the correct use of the specialized lexicon and the critical reasoning ability on the study carried out.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/06/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
14/07/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
10/09/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale