Advanced Contemporary History – Mod. A – 2023-2024

Teacher: Prof. Lucia Ceci
CFU: 6
Course code:
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Pre-requisites: Basic examination of contemporary history at the first degree. Students who do not have this requirement must agree on a specific program with the teacher, and can still follow the lessons.
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 1st  term
The Material Heritage of Fascism
The desire to leave behind stone testaments of oneself was a significant part of the fascist regime’s political program and manifested in the construction of thousands of public buildings across the peninsula, the islands, and colonial territories: fascist party headquarters, post offices, educational and university buildings, train stations, courthouses, stadiums, churches, and newly founded neighborhoods and villages. The transformation of cities and the new construction of districts and urban centers were assigned celebratory intents and political purposes that aimed not only at contemporaries but also at challenging time and engaging future generations. A century after the March on Rome, what remains of these places? How does the memory of the places of fascism compare to what has happened in other states with similar experiences? This module addresses these issues starting from some particularly significant locations in Italian history (present in cities like Rome, Milan, Latina, Livorno, Padova, or in smaller centers in the South) and in some European countries (Germany, Spain, Portugal).
Text books:
1. I luoghi del fascismo. Memoria, politica, rimozione, a cura di G. Albanese e L. Ceci, Roma, Viella, 2022.
Essays and documents made accessible by the teacher.
Educational goals and expected learning outcomes:
A) Learning outcomes: Make sure that the student master the main historiographic questions and interpretations concerning the topics of the program; moreover, that he knows how to use and work critically around the historical sources, in view also of the elaboration of the degree thesis. The student must know how to apply the skills gained in the study of other themes and historical periods. He will also have to achieve a critical spirit of judgment and be able to clearly present what has been learned.
B) Knowledge and understanding: within the framework of a solid knowledge of contemporary history, the student will acquire particular skills on the topics dealt with. Through the study of relevant texts of historiography and direct historical sources, the student will develop scientific knowledge of a specialized level.
C) Applying knowledge and understanding: thanks to the methodological preparation achieved, the student will be able to investigate other aspects and problems related to the topics dealt with. He can use the skills acquired also in the study of other historical subjects.
D) Making judgements: students will be able to collect and interpret data useful for the comprehension and analysis of historical documents and historiographic texts, to comment critically in autonomy the contents and for reflection on social, scientific, or ethical issues related to them, having acquired the ability to formulate independent judgments.
E) Communication skills: students will be able to communicate correctly, rigorously and effectively information, ideas, problems and solutions regarding the main issues addressed, both to specialist interlocutors of the discipline and to non-specialists. For this purpose we will try to direct the student to structure and refine their communication skills, including through discussion and debate in the classroom, the assignment of seminar tasks.
F) Learning skills: the module should provide a significant contribution to the development process by the student of the cognitive and theoretical-critical skills necessary for an independent and specialized study of the historical disciplines. This includes the ability to formulate original research hypotheses and to know how to properly develop them.
Methods and criteria for verifying the learning:
Assessment consists of an oral exam. Attending students may, at their discretion, take half or two-thirds of the exam by preparing and discussing agreed-upon insights in class.
Teaching methods:
Throughout the lessons, various topics are addressed through lectures, analysis of sources, and historiographical literature, both Italian and international, with active involvement of the students. Starting from materials provided by the teacher, attending students can develop further insights and present them in class according to a format that will be explained during the course and aimed at learning techniques for elaborating, writing, and presenting seminar-style short texts.
Attendance modalities:
The course is divided into 18 lessons of 2 hours, for a total of 36 hours. Additional hours will be possible to complete the program. Attending students will have to participate in the frontal explanation parts, use the teaching materials provided by the teacher and animate the debate in the classroom.