This course provides a review of Italian Culture and history, where students will live. After an introduction about the history of the XIX century, the first part of the course will cover the Risorgimento in which we’ll discover Perugia’s important role; the movement towards national unity, and the impact of the First World War and Fascism. The second part of the course will focus on the postwar Republican era. The aim of this course is to offer students a complete introduction to Italian culture, and to showcase themes of contemporary Italian history. The course pursues these goals through lectures, readings, site trips, films, discussions and, most importantly, walking tours. Some of the readings used in this course analyze the historical development of the country while others offer a choice of interpretations of some key historiographical themes.