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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP7077677, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1843, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MILITARY HISTORY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO MONDINI M-STO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/04 Contemporary History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students who intend to follow this course should have a good knowledge of European Modern History. Good proficiency in English and French is required.
Target skills and knowledge: Contemporary European History cannot be understood without also studying the history of war. Likewise, the history of war in Modern Europe cannot be understood independently of the broader social, cultural, political and economic context within the Europeans foght their wars. In the new military history, it has become possible to link military history, cultural history, gender history, political history and social history to understand the all-encompassing activity the war became in the first half of the twentieth century. The aim of this course is to provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of debates and interpretations of war in European history and to provide students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in specific subject areas. Furthermore students will be encouraged to extend and develop their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities, and increase their ability to reflect on their own learning and intellectual development.
Examination methods: Students’ preparation will be assessed through a written exam.
Assessment criteria: Although not mandatory, attendance is highly required. Attending and non attending students will take the SAME exam.
Course unit contents: After a general introduction on the basic notions of "military history", "war history" and "cultural history of war", this course will examine in detail the origins, progress, and results of the First World. Particular attention will be reserved to the italian linguistic space between 1914 and 1918.
It will touch on most if not all of the following topics:
- development and significance of a "war culture" in Europe between 1914 and 1918
- social, economic, and diplomatic background to the conflict
- failure of the WWI armies to grapple with the new realities of warfare
- military Leadership during WW1
- effect of the war upon the homefronts
- reorganization of society and economy caused by the demands of total war
- literature, poetry, and art of war
- italian neutrality
- significance of the Italian intervention: italian nationalism and irredentism
- the anti-italian policy pursued by austrian
- italian culture and war
- austrian-German war crimes in occupied Italy after 1917
- question of responsibility and the attempt to assign 'war guilt.'
- transition from war to peace in Europe
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will consist of lectures, discussions, case studies, and student-led presentations. The active participation of students is considered an essential element of evaluation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Usually, the class will be conducted in Italian. However, some of the topics to be discussed may require the use English and/or French. Bibliography, including text books and several movies, will be both in Italian and in English or French.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mondini, Marco, <<Il >>Capola grande guerra del generale Luigi CadornaMarco Mondini. Bologna: Il mulino, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gooch, John, <<The >>Italian army and the First World WarJohn Gooch. Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Keegan, John, <<The>>face of battle[a study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme]John Keegan. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group