Note: This course will not be offered during the Summer 2017 term. Please look for alternative offerings.
This course will offer a survey of Italian history in light of military discussions from before and during the Roman Empire, to the emergence of Fascism in the 20th century, to the current Italian political environment. The purpose of this course is to explore the political, social, military, cultural, and economic changes that have taken place in Italy throughout its history. By the end of the course, students will have acquired a more sophisticated understanding of Italian history and political issues, an interdisciplinary approach to studying European culture and society, as well as a framework for analyzing important aspects of Italian political and military history.
Students will understand the diverse nature of global conflicts according to causes, key characteristics, interests and forces involved, and key factors such as underdevelopment, human security and political tension. Students will apply general international relations theories to historical and modern cases of conflict in Europe, integrate theory and practice as it applies to modern-day Italian politics, and develop a more sophisticated understanding of how historical events are shaped by a combination of economic, political, social and cultural factors. Students will also understand and appreciate the merits and limitations of indigenous methods and techniques of conflict prevention, conflict management, and the conflict resolution techniques implemented by the Europeans.
Recommended Course Materials
- Duggan, A Concise History of Italy, Cambridge University Press, 2nd Ed., 2014
- Goldsworthy, Pax Romana, Yale University Press, 1st Ed., 2016
- D.P. Waley and T. Dean, Italian City Republics, Routledge, 4th Ed., 2009