School of History

HST5363 – The Struggle for Italy: 1796-1996

A look at Italy’s history, politics and society over a century.

Module code: HST5363

Credits: 30
Semester: YEAR

Module Convenor: Dr Maurizio Isabella

Italy has often been portrayed as a failed nation with weak democratic credentials. Yet its history also anticipated pan-European or global political trends. Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi were nineteenth-century global revolutionary icons. Italy produced the first Fascist regime with Mussolini, and anticipated Donald Trump with the first populist government in the post-war era under Silvio Berlusconi. Is there anything peculiar about Italy's controversial history? This QMUL Model module will attempt to answer that question by exploring the history of Italy in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Students will develop an understanding of ethical and political issues arising from modes of representation, and an informed awareness of global issues.

Assessment: Essay 1 (2,000 words) [25%], Essay 2 (2,000 words) [25%] and Exam [50%]
Level: 5