78136 - International History (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

This course aims to provide the tools and knowledge to understand the evolution of international relations in the period between the Vienna Congress and the end of Cold War. At the end of the course students will be able to develop a fruitful and original process of reflection in the study of international and diplomatic sciences. They also will be able to interpret the great political and geopolitical transformations occurred in and outside Europe in the contemporary age.


Course contents

Part I: 10 lessons

History of International Relations: discipline and study methods

International relations in the contemporary age

The international order of Europe from the Vienna Congress to World War I

The World War I

The Twenties and Thirties: from European stabilization to the new war

Part II: 10 lessons

The Word War II

The Cold War: Germany and Europe

The Cold War and the decolonization

The European integration

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the new age


Readings/Bibliography

PART 1 - Compulsory readings:

1) G. FORMIGONI, Storia della politica internazionale nell’età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 20062, chapt. 2, 3, 4, 5 (from p. 71 to p. 311).

2) A. VARSORI, Storia internazionale. Dal 1919 a oggi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015, chap. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

These books form the institutional part of the program, which is the same for students attending and not attending the classes.

PART 2 - Monographic Part:

The list of monographs is the same for students attending and not attending the classes. Students attending the classes will have to choose one book for the oral exam; students not attending the classes will have to choose two books for the oral exam.

Brizzi R. (ed.), Osservata speciale. La neutralità italiana nella prima guerra mondiale e l’opinione pubblica internazionale (1914-15), Firenze, Le Monnier, 2015

Darwin J., The Empire Project. The Rise and Fall of the British World System 1830-1970, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge-New York, 2009

Di Nolfo E., Dagli imperi militari agli imperi tecnologici: la politica internazionale nel XX secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014

Droz B., Storia della decolonizzazione nel XX secolo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2007

Ferguson N., Impero. Come la Gran Bretagna ha fatto il mondo moderno, Mondadori, Milano, 2009

Formigoni G., Storia d'Italia nella guerra fredda. 1943-1978, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016

Gaddis J.L., La guerra fredda. Cinquant’anni di paura e speranza, Milano, Mondadori, 2008

Knox M., Destino comune. Dittatura, politica estera e guerra nell’Italia fascista e nella Germania nazista, Torino, Einaudi, 2003

Nolan M., The transatlantic Century. Europe and America, 1890-2010, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2012

Reynolds D., From World War to Cold War. Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006

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

Santese A., La pace atomica. Ronald Reagan e il movimento antinucleare (1979-1987), Le Monnier, 2016

Varsori A., La Cenerentola d'Europa. L'Italia e l'integrazione europea dal 1946 ad oggi, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2010

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are basically founded on frontal lectures.


Assessment methods

STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CLASSES:

- Two written examinations at the end of Part 1 and Part 2 of the course. The questions will be based on the lessons of the teachers and on the books in Part 1 of Bibliography. Students who have been attending the written examinations will have to undergo a spoken exam at the end of the course. The final spoken exam should be attended about the monographic part in order to demonstrate how confident the students are with the analysis of particular problems and events of contemporary history. The oral exam will be based on a book that the student have to choose in the list of books in Part 2 of Bibliography (monographic part).

STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING THE CLASSES:

- Non-attending students will have to prepare themselves the program, studying the books set out in Part 1 of Bibliography (the institutional part of the program) and two volumes chosen from those indicated in the list of Part 2 of Bibliography. The verification of the preparation will be determined by an oral exam.


Office hours

See the website of Giulia Guazzaloca

See the website of Loris Zanatta