Contemporary History (i+p) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Renato Camurri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 , Second half of Semester 2

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The principle aims of this class is to present a general view to the most important political, cultural and social events of the European history included between 1914 and the fall of Soviet communism. It is focused on political, cultural and social European history who is presented in a comparative and transnational perspective.
At he end of this class, participants must be able to knowing: a) principals historical phases of the period included between 1914 and 1991, b) most important events of this period distinguishing between general events and national too, c) principal political culture, economics processes and social transformations of the period suggested, e) principal historiographical interpretations.



First lessons will be dedicated to principle methodological problems connect to the study of XX century history.
This is the list of the most relevant topics included in the program:
- IWW and its consequences
- Afterward e the origins of totalitarian regimes
- Italian fascism: the rise of power
- Italian fascism: foreign politics and the construction of consensus
- Weimar Republic e the birth of national socialism
- Soviet Russian
- The origin of IIWW
- The fall of fascist dictatorship and Italian Resistance
- After war and the new International balance
- The birth of Italian republican political system
- The Cold war
- The decolonization process e the movement of protest
- The fall of communism.


1. T. Detti-G. Gozzini, Storia contemporanea, II, Il novecento, Bruno Mondadori (with the exception of chapter 20 and 21).

2. one book among these:
O. Janz, 1914-1918. La Grande Guerra, Einaudi, 2103.
J. Chapoutot, Controllare e distruggere. Fascismo, nazismo e regimi autoritari in Europa (1928-1945), Einaudi, 2015.
A. Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Il Mulino, 2008.
D. Armitage, Guerre civili. Una storia attraverso le idee, Donzelli, 2017.

The students who don't partecipate to the class must add to these references the book:
R. Overy, Crisi tra le due guerre mondiali, Il Mulino, 1998

Didactic modes:
Frontal lessons, guided tour to archives and museums, projections of movies and documentaries.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods and criteria

1. exam is based on a written text.
2. Students must demonstrate their capacity in using historical concepts and the appropriate language. They must also demonstrate their ability in the connection between different historical processes, both national and international.
3. Questions will be based on the most important topics discussed during the lessons and suggested in the references.
4. Method of valuation: the vote is expressed in marks from 18 to 30/30.

Erasmus and overseas student can choose between written and oral examination. They can use books in foreign languages (English, French and Spanish).
For more details: contact the teacher during his office hours.