M-STO/04 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives



knowledge and understandig:

Students will demonstrate an overall understanding about big issues of the 20th century. They will develop an expertise on the political, economic and social changes of the 20th century: institutional transitions, economic crises, processes of globalization.

applying knowledge and understanding:

Students must demonstrate the ability to relate past events and issues of the present, applying the historical knowledge of the most topical issues, particularly with respect to the relationship between institutions and citizenship; political participation; social changes, diplomatic and international cooperation and integration between different cultures and realities.

making judgement:

Students must demonstrate the ability to relate in a critical and conscious historiography and documentary sources on the twentieth century, developing original interpretations on the critical issues of the century, the connections between the history of Italian and international, on caesurae political, economic and social factors that characterize the contemporary age.

communication skills:

Through the drafting of the written papers (short essays, term papers, critical readings) and the oral discussion, students will demonstrate the acquisition of specific communication skills: mastery of vocabulary discipline, ability to understand the cause and effect relationship between historical events, of expose clearly the events of the twentieth century, to argue ideas and original interpretations on crucial points of the twentieth century, to apply their theoretical knowledge to the cultural debate on current.

learning skills:

The conduct of the two ongoing trials and the drafting of the written papers will enable students to equally distribute the workload and to develop skills of independent learning.


Course Structure

frontal lessons


flipped classroom; microteaching; TPI; nurturing; active learning

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

The course analyzes the most important events of the Contemporary History, and in particular the 20th century. The course will start with some preliminary classes concerning the periodization of the 20th century and the most important historiographical interpretations. The period between 1914 and 1945 will be examined in the second part of the course: the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the birth of the European totalitarianism, the second World War and its consequences; the last the Cold War; the Palestinian issue; the fall of Communism; the rise of the UE.

Textbook Information

-Sabbatucci, Vidotto, " Il Novecento" , Laterza

Alberto Maria Banti, Le questioni dell'età contemporanea, Laterza, dal capitolo 6 al capitolo 15

Critical reading of a novel of choice of students that has relevance to the events being studied by the course. For example on the First World War : Erich Maria Remarque, To the West nothing new; Ernest Hemingway, Farewell to Arms


Si ricorda che, ai sensi dell’art. 171 della legge 22 aprile 1941, n. 633 e successive disposizioni, fotocopiare libri in commercio, in misura superiore al 15% del volume o del fascicolo di rivista, è reato penale.Per ulteriori informazioni sui vincoli e sulle sanzioni all’uso illecito di fotocopie, è possibile consultare le Linee guida sulla gestione dei diritti d’autore nelle università (a cura della Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno - AIDRO). I testi di riferimento possono essere consultati in Biblioteca.

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