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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Topics covered during the course will be addressed with the aim of developing students’ knowledge and understanding, and the ability to apply both. For this purpose, especially in the part of the programme on the Great War, questions relating to the conflict will be addressed in the light of recent studies that have been developed to mark the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. The analysis of different research proposals from the literature will allow students to gather information and perform a critical inquiry based on the results of these studies.
Through a series of seminars, students will develop further knowledge, investigating key aspects of the history of the twentieth century, through the examination of documentary sources, audiovisual support, etc.


Students are required to have a textbook knowledge of modern history based on measured parameters of secondary schools that specialise in classical and scientific studies, as well as upper-level secondary schools.


The first part of the course aims to develop a critical understanding of the principal events of the modern age. In the period between 1870 and the present day, the most significant events and questions that have been most intensely debated in history will be addressed: from the Industrial Revolution, the Age of Imperialism, Giolitti, to the Great War, then an examination of the crisis between the two wars and the events that led to World War II. Analysis follows of the most significant and characterising phases of post-World War II, from the Cold War to the end of the 1900s. The second part of the course is dedicated to: The Great War, political, social, economic effects, enabling students to acquire university-level critical awareness in specific areas of a central phenomenon in the history of the twentieth century

Teaching Methods

Lectures will be integrated with the examination and analysis of documentary sources from various backgrounds aimed to develop students’ knowledge and improve critical analysis skills

Verification of learning

Assessment will be through an oral examination during which the student must demonstrate to have acquired a solid understanding of the historical issues relating to modern history in general and the Great War in particular. During the oral exam, students will answer two general questions and two dedicated to the Great War. In formulating a response, candidates should demonstrate their analytical, critical and methodological skills, using appropriate language and highlighting links between the topics of the programme.


Knowledge of general history from 1870 to the present day is essential for passing the exam. A choice of one of the following texts is recommended:

1. G. Sabatucci V. Vidotto Il mondo contemporaneo dal 1848 a oggi, Laterza Roma-Bari ;
2. A. Giardina- G. Sabbatucci- V. Vidotto, Manuale di storia. 3. L'età contemporanea, Laterza, Roma-Bari;
3. M.L. Salvadori, L'età contemporanea, Loescher, Torino.

The use of any other textbooks should be agreed with the lecturer.
Texts relating to the second part of the course.
A book chosen from the following:
1. A.Gibelli, La grande guerra. Storie di gente comune, Roma-Bari Laterza, 2014.
2. La guerra italo-austriaca, a cura di N. Labanca, O. Überegger, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014.

More Information

During the term, there with be an Archives and Modern History seminar , in its eighteenth cycle, for students of all degree courses in the Humanities Faculty. The educational initiative aims to further knowledge of the sources of modern history, through guided tours to archives and workshops, culminating in a study trip to a place of particular historical interest. Attendance of the seminar, accompanied by a written report, allows recognition of 3 credits.

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