Italy in the world of the Twentieth Century. Perspectives of global history

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The course will treat the history of Italy in the Twentieth century in a perspective of international and global history. While recent historiography has applied such perspective to several European and non-European countries, reflections and analyses on the Italian case still seem poorly developed. Lessons and seminars will focus mainly on the links between Italian national history and secular vectors such as war and violence, colonialism and decolonization, interdependences and globalization. The main objective is to outline analyses and discuss interpretations on how world and European orders, relationships and representations influenced and intersected different and changing visions of national identity, sovereignty, and political cultures.

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Students will have to significantly develop their knowledge of international and global history in the 20th century, and at the same time improve their understanding of Italian history.

Bibliographical references

A. Giardina (a cura di), Storia mondiale dell'Italia, Laterza

R. Forlenza, B. Thomassen, Italian Modernities. Competing Narratives of Nationhood, Palgrave Macmillan

G. Formigoni, Storia d'Italia nella guerra fredda, Il Mulino

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Introduction to Global History

The module will comprise a historiographical introduction, three reading seminars and a research seminar:
1) What is global history?;
2) The global history of the long nineteenth century;
3) The transnational history of the global world;
4) Microhistory and global history;
5) Global Catholic anti-Protestantism in the twentieth century (1918-1922).

It is highly recommended that you read, before the module starts, Sebastian Conrad, What is Global History? (Princeton University Press, 2016).
The bibliography of each single reading seminar will be communicated during the first lecture.