Italian History, Society and Culture after the Congress of Vienna 1815
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Itaalia ajalugu, ühiskond ja kultuur pärast Viini Kongressi 1815
Course title in English
Italian History, Society and Culture after the Congress of Vienna 1815
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To discuss the main historical and cultural events and phenomena
which characterize contemporary Italian society from 1815 to the

Brief description of the course
Single lectures alternately consider historical events, social
phenomena and socio-cultural specificities of contemporary Italy. The
first part of the course discusses the following periods and topics:
- Italy at the beginning of the 19th century;
- the Risorgimento;
- challenges and problems for the new state;
- Giolittian times;
- fascism;
- the three Italies of the ‘40ies;
- the Resistenza: second Risorgimento or failed revolution?
- Christian democrats and Communists;
- the ‘60ies: economic boom and young rebels;
- the “anni di piombo”;
- the end of “the first republic” and the rise of Berlusconism.
The second part of the course concentrates on the following
- the brigante and the mafioso;
- the emigrant and the immigrant;
- the Catholic Church, Italian catholics and the State;
- Italian unity (il Paese) and regional differences (i paesi);
- family and society.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
Knowledge of Italian history, society and culture from 1815 to the present;
Ability to position cultural and social phenomena within their historical context.

Professor Daniele Monticelli