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Massimiliano Trentin

Associate Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic discipline: SPS/14 Asian History and Institutions

Short Bio

Massimiliano Trentin works on the International History of the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on the interplay between diplomacy, economics and development. His monographs, Engineers of Modern Development: East German Experts in Ba’thist Syria, 1965-1972, La Guerra fredda tedesca in Siria. Diplomazia, politica ed economia, 1963-1970 (Cleup 2010 and 2015) and edited volumes like The Middle East and the Cold War (CSP, 2012), Linee di conflitto. Il mondo arabo in trasformazione (Afriche e Orienti, 2013). He published articles on academic journals (Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Foro Internacional, Phoenix in Domo Foscari, Afriche e Orienti) and several volume essays (IB Tauris, Lynne Rienner, Peter Lang, Cahiers Irice, Bruno Mondadori, Marsilio, Franco Angeli). Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of the international history, research project "The Making of the Washington Consensus. Negotiating international assets, debts and power (1979-91)", funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and University Research (MIUR, Prin 2015).
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Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali
Strada Maggiore 45, Bologna - Go to map

Office hours

Office Hours take place at Office n. 11, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Strada Maggiore, 45, 40125, Bologna, Italy

First Semester, a.y. 2020/2021

Office Hours will take place only ONLINE, through the app. Microsoft Teams, on Monday, 11:30-12:30

From 11 to 11:30, please send a text message to the Professor by Teams and he will reply and indicate the priority order. Office hours end strictly at 12:30. 

Office Hours Cancelled on Monday 24 May

Office Hours Cancelled on Monday 24 May due to contemporary Lecture Series "Iran and the Regional Relations of the Middle East" 24-26 May, 2021.

Lecture Series: Iran and the Regional Relations of the Middle East. Indicators and Variables. By Seyyed Mohammad Houshisada



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