Contemporary History

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (72 hours)


Final Examination: 
Voto Finale

Course description and learning objectives

The course aims at investigating historically and historiographically the Cold War years and the Italian historical period known as “Prima Repubblica”.
The course is divided into two modules tightly integrated: in the first module the lecteurs analyses the historical events and matters and the historiographical interpretations; the second module is focused on the Italian history, especially from the partisan war to the birth of the Italian Republic; the Lead Years; the 80ies and the end of the First Republic.
The course aims therefore at making the students able to analyze and evaluate the proposed historical themes.
The expected learning outcomes are:
• Knowledge and understanding of the historical period;
• Ability of arguing the historical and historiographical themes;
• Ability of interpreting the historical and historiographical themes.

Final assessment
The students’ knowledge will be assessed through an oral interview: one question about the Italian History and a second one about the International contest. The students are required to argue and critically analyse the historical events and matters.
The final mark is calculated in 30ies. It will take into account the accuracy and quality of the responses (60%), as well as communication skill and the ability to adequately justify statements, analyzes and opinions shown during the interview (40%).

- The division of the world and the "Cold War"
- Italy 1945-1948: the birth of the Republic, and the elections of April 18th
- The West under the leadership of the United States: Truman and Eisenhower
- The USSR from Stalin to Khrushchev
- Italy in the years of "centrism"
- The two blocks towards the 'coexistence'
- The United States from Kennedy to Carter
- The Soviet Union from Khrushchev to Brezhnev
- Reagan and Gorbachev
- Italy: the "Pentapartito" Ages
- The end of the Cold War
- The Italian transition: from the “Caf” to “Tangentopoli”

Required texts.
Students are expected to have read and studied the following books:
- A. Lepre, Guerra e pace nel XX secolo, Bologna, Il Mulino.
- A. Lepre-C. Petraccone, Storia d’Italia dall’Unità a oggi, Bologna, Il Mulino.
- G. Mammarella, L’Italia contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino or in alternative A. Lepre, Storia della Prima repubblica, Bologna Il Mulino
- F. Romero, Storia della guerra fredda, Torino, Einaudi

Further material
Students are expected to have read and studied material (notes, newspaper articles etc.) will be uploaded on the lecturer’s e-learning webpage (Storia contemporanea > Orecchia)