Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT0530 (AF:354237 AR:190226)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The course is foreseen for students at the 2nd year of the BA Degree Programme "Languages, Civilisation and the Science of Language", curriculum "international politics" (type of educational activity: "base").
The course will offer the possibility of enriching with an historical component the study of the languages and cultures especially of the Slavic regions. The geographical focus on Eastern Europe constributes to the teaching programmes specifically conceived for BA students interested in deepening their knowledge about that area.
The expected learning results are the following:

- to familiarize with and to be able to understand the main historical events and issues of the history of Russia and the USSR in the period between the late 19th century and the 1960s, with some references to the main historical context of Eastern Europe;
- to be able to apply this knowledge to a critical understanding of the present time in terms of continuities/changes and public use of history
- to reinforce and develop the ability of critically reading the historical academic literature, with particular attention to the international scholarship about Russia/USSR and Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th century
- to refine your communication skills
A basic knowledge of modern and contemporary history.
The main aim of this course is to introduce the students to the contemporary history of Eastern Europe. More specifically, the course aims at examining critical junctures, personalities and topics which characterized the history of late-Tsarist Russia and later the USSR. The following issues will be discussed: the Russian Empire at the turn of the 20th century; the Russian revolution and the civil war; the NEP, Stalin and Stalinism; industrial policy and collectivization; the Comintern; the Second World War and the East European countries; Stalin´s death and the Khrushchev years.
These topics will be approached in a comparative perspective, with particular regard to Central-East and South-East Europe. We will consider the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empire, the post-imperial nation-states, and the socialist countries emerged in this region after the Second world war.
reference handbook:

- Giovanna Cigliano, La Russia contemporanea. Un profilo storico, Roma, Carocci, 2013 (chapters 1-14).

further readings:

- Paul Bushkovitch, Breve storia della Russia. Dalle origini a Putin, Torino, Einaudi, 2013 (chapter 14).
- Stephen A. Smith, La rivoluzione russa. Un impero in crisi, 1890-1928, Roma, Carocci, 2017.
- Andrea Graziosi, L’Unione sovietica, 1914-1991, Bologna, il Mulino, 2011, pp. 129-157.
- Christopher R. Browning and Lewis Siegelbaum, “Frameworks for social engineering: Stalinist schema of identification and the Nazi Volksgemeinschaft”, in Michael Geyer, Sheila Fitzpatrick (eds.), Beyond totalitarianism: Stalinism and Nazism compared, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 231-245 (only the parts about the USSR).
- Antonella Salomoni, “La Shoah nell’Europa orientale: testi, immagini, luoghi. Una riflessione e un progetto”, 2020, Novecento.org, n. 13, http://www.novecento.org/la-didattica-della-shoah/la-shoah-nelleuropa-orientale-testi-immagini-luoghi-una-riflessione-e-un-progetto-6369/
- Stefano Petrungaro, "L’Europa dell’Est, o a est dell’Europa. In margine a un dibattito intorno a mental maps, confini e balcanismo", in 900. Per una storia del tempo presente, vol. 10 (2004), pp. 77-86.

It is recommended to everyone, and particularly to students who do not attend classes, to consult the materials - ie. historical maps, visual sources, integrative texts, useful links etc. - published on the moodle platform (https://moodle.unive.it/ ).
The examination has three main goals:
1) to verifying the knowledge of the main historical facts and processes, as well as the most relevant personalities, with relation to the historical period under examination
2) to verify the analytical skills and the ability of the student to formulate critical reflections about the historiographical issues emerged during the lessons
3) to verify the knowledge of some elements of historical comparison in the framework of the East-European space during the time examined by the course.

The examination is written (duration: 1½ hours) and one further goal is to verify the written communicative skills of the student.
The course is structured through lectures, with wide use of visual material. The teacher is also going to make use of audio-video material, as well as forms of interaction teacher-students, through the platform moodle. The registration to the course on that platform is required (https://moodle.unive.it/ ).
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, lectures could be took place partly or entirely on-line, through the Moodle platform.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 07/02/2022