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The History of Modern Italy

Module Code: IT115
Module Name: The History of Modern Italy
Module Credits: 30

During the course of the twentieth century Italy changed beyond recognition from a rural, agricultural society to one of the world’s largest economies. This module traces the social, cultural and political development of Italy from the 1919 Treaty of Versailles to the rise of fascist dictatorship, World War II, the economic boom of the late 1950s and 60s, political extremism of the 1970s, through to contemporary issues such as immigration and recent years of economic and political crisis. It also examines how literary and cinematic works have constituted a response to these events.

The module aims to develop your understanding of these events and build an appreciation of how they have contributed to the nature and identity of Italy today so that you have a broad understanding of modern Italy in preparation for your year abroad and for future study of Italian culture. The module will also build your abilities in textual analysis, independent research skills and essay writing skills.


50% Assessed Work ( 2 x 1500 word essays)

50% Examination (1 x 2 hour summer exam)


Module Convenor:

Dr Joanne Lee

Jo dot Lee at warwick dot ac dot uk

Reading skills tutor:

Gianmarco Mancosu g dot mancosu at warwick dot ac dot uk


*FIRST MEETING: Thursday 5th October 2-3 H1.02*

Lecture: Tuesdays 3-4 H0.66

Group A: Thursdays 3-4 H4.03
Group B: Thursdays 4-5 H4.03

Reading group (for beginners)
Tuesdays 6-7 in H2.45


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