History, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary, Political Science

PSIT 352:

History and Politics of Modern Italy: From the Risorgimento to the Present

Instructor: Simon Young, Ph.D.
Credits: 4
Course/Lab Fee: Course reader fee announced during orientation
Prerequisite: None

Course Description
Italy has perhaps the most interesting modern history and politics of any European nation. After the struggles for nationhood and a prolonged and bitter phase of class conflict in the nineteenth century, Italy experimented with totalitarianism and an unusually maverick democratic system in the twentieth century – a democratic system that had to deal with terrorism, regionalism and organized crime. Students will be expected to examine Italian history through contemporary films, poems, novels, and state documents and deploy their knowledge of these works to present their own analysis and interpretation of historical events.


Course Materials 

Mandatory course reader.

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