History of the Contemporary World (2015/2016)

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Name of lecturer
Renato Camurri
Renato Camurri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2015 al Jan 9, 2016.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  
Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  

Learning outcomes

Principal aim of this class is to present European history of twenty century in a comparative and translation perspective. Main focus will be on European post WWI history and on the history of totalitarian regimes. Starting the end of IIWW, we will compare European history with political, cultural and social transformations regarding Africa, Asia, North and South of America areas.


Principal topic of this class are: 1) IWW and the European totalitarian regimes, 2)IIWW, 3) Cold War and international political and cultural struggle between USA and URSS, 4)decolonization and geopolitical transformations of international relations, 5)The "Sixty": revolutions, and dictatorship, 6) The crisis of American hegemony and the fall of Communism, 7) Europe and international relations after 1989, 8) Globalization.


1. one book between:

T. Detti-G. Gozzini, Storia contemporanea, II, Il Novecento, Bruno Mondadori, 2002; A. M. Banti, L’Età contemporanea. Dalla Grande Guerra ad oggi, Laterza, 2011.

2. one book between:

a) M. Mazower, Le ombre dell’Europa. Democrazie e totalitarismi nel XX secolo, Garzanti (varie edizioni).
b) J. Black, Il mondo nel ventesimo secolo, Il Mulino, 2004.
c) F. Romero, Storia della guerra fredda. L'ultimo conflitto per l'Europa, Einaudi, 2009.
d) J.W. Muller, L’enigma democrazia. Le idee politiche nell’Europa del Novecento, Einaudi, 2012.

Assessment methods and criteria

Erasmus and overseas students attending classes. Erasmus and overseas student can choose between written and oral examination. They can use books in foreign languages (English, French and Spanish).
For more details: contact the teacher during his office hours.