Scheda insegnamento


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Istruzione di qualità Uguaglianza di genere

Anno Accademico 2019/2020

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

This course introduces students to the analysis of 19th and 20th centuries history. A special attention will be paid to political-institutional systems. The chronology of the course ranges from the European Revolutions of 1848 to the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). The course provide a compared analysis of the main historical events which concerned Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain and Russia in addition to the most relevant extra-European facts.


This course analyses the modern world in order to understand its historical development and present condition.It does so by pursuing three main themes:

  • The evolution of the nation state in global and transnational perspective
  • Fundamental discontinuities in social, political and everyday life
  • The changing balance between Europe and the wider world

The course will be divided into 3 parts. The first part will focus on political transformation in Europe during the XIX century until the First World War. The second part will analyse the interwar period and the totalitarian political systems during the Twenties and Thirties. The last part of the course will concentrate on the Second post-war period, with particular attention on Cold War, transformation in European political systems.


Mandatory Textbooks for attending and non-attending students:

Christopher Bayly, The birth of the modern world, 1780-1914: global connections and comparisons

(Only for attending students chpters: 2, 4, 6, 8, 13)

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (third edition) (all chapters from 1 to 12, from chapter 13 to chapter 22 the period to study is 1945-1989)

Attending students will have to choose one book among the list and to discuss it at the oral examination

 Non-attending students will have to choose one book among the list and add:

Sebastian Conrad, What is global history? (Princeton, 2016) 


Sheila Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism: ordinary life in extraordinary times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s (New York, 1999).

John Foot, Italy’s divided memory (New York 2009).

Emilio Gentile, The sacralization of politics in Fascist Italy (Cambridge, 1996).

Robert Gerwarth, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End (London, 2016).

Paul Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy. Society and Politics, 1943–1988 (London 1990).

Eric Hobsbawm, The age of extremes, 1914-1991 (London 1994).

Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (New York, 2005).

Peter Kenz, The Coming of the Holocaust. From Antisemitism to Genocide (Cambridge, 2013).

Mark Mazower, Dark Continent (London, 1999).

Stuart Woolf(ed.), Nationalism in Europe: From 1815 to the Present(London, 1995)

Enzo Traverso, Fire and blood: the European Civil War, 1914-1945 (London 2016).

Odd Westad, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (Cambridge, 2005).

Metodi didattici

Lessons are interactive requiring the students' direct participation.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Attending Students:

Three short written examinations composed of 10 open questions will be held during the term period in order to understand how familiar the students have become with the arguments of the course. The questions will be based on the lessons of the teacher and on the books in the “mandatory textbooks” section of the readings above [details on the chapters to be studied will be communicate to the students during the term]. Only student who attended the 80% of the classes will be admitted to the mid-term tests. The time at students’ disposals will be 45 minutes.

Every single question will be evaluated from 0 to 3, therefore the highest possible mark in each mid-term test will be 30/30. Student will pass the mid-term if he will get at least 18/30. Students who will succeed the three mid-term tests will be admitted to the final oral examination where they will be asked to discuss one chosen book.

Students who failed one or two of the three mid-term tests will have the chance to repeat it the same day of the final oral examinations.

Students who failed three mid-term tests will be considered Non-Attending Students

Non-Attending Students:

Non-attending students will have to will have to undergo a written examination composed of 15 open questions on all the module’s teaching program.

Students who will succeed the written examination (18/30) will be admitted to the final oral examination where they will be asked to discuss the two chosen books.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Printed and audiovisual material, PPT, on line resources.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Simona Salustri