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Massimiliano Trentin

Associate Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic discipline: SPS/14 Asian History and Institutions

Director of Second Cycle Degree in International Relations

Short Bio

Massimiliano Trentin works on the International History of Western Asia 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, Afriche e Orienti, Middle Eastern Studies, Contemporary European History) and several volume essays (IB Tauris, Lynne Rienner, Peter Lang, Cahiers Irice, Bruno Mondadori, Marsilio, Franco Angeli, il Mulino). More recently, his research has focused on the international history of the “debt crisis” of the 1980s in the region as Principal Investigator of the state-funded research project "The Making of the Washington Consensus. Negotiating international assets, debts and power (1979-91)" (Prin, 2015). Go to the Curriculum vitae


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Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali
Strada Maggiore 45, Bologna - Go to map

Online Resources

Office hours

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

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

Office Hours on Tuesday 14th of May is cancelled.

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.  

Please, control the Professor's webpage for any change.


During the preparation of their Final Dissertation, BA and MA students can attend Office Hours in physical presence, always on Monday, 11:30-12:30 hrs, in Office n. 11, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Palazzo Hercolani, Strada Maggiore 45, Bologna.


For more information, please, contact him at his email address:



Students must prepare a submit by email a written proposal (first draft), which should include:

1. Title

2. Abstract (Max 300 words), including: research object; relevance and originality of the research object within the scientific debate; methodology (sources and analytical approach) 

3. Table of Contents (chapters and sub-divisions)

4. Bibliography: for MA Dissertations, it should include at least 10 books (monographs, edited works) dealing with the research object.

Usually, MA Dissertations exceed 100/120 pages, everything included. 

For further details, please read carefully the guidelines for:

Master Course on International Relations

BA/Laurea in Political and Social Sciences and International Studies