The course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge for the understanding of Italian modernisation as it developed during the period following the Second World War and to shed light on transformations within collective behavior, the general mentality and dominant cultural values, transformations which were stimulated by social-economic change.
The course explores Italian history during the period following the Second World War, and focuses on the foundation of the Republic and the construction of a democracy. The course then concentrates on the early decades of republican history. In particular, students will consider the Fifties and Sixties, a period of extraordinary economic growth and remarkable social change, which affected Italian society more than any other period of such a brief length. The focus on such a crucial period for the formation of contemporary Italy will be assisted by lectures exploring the economic boom, transformations to people’s lifestyle and consumerism, changes during the post-conciliar period, visible changes to young culture which manifested itself during 1968 and the long-term effects of the latter within Italian society. The course also addresses the advent of feminism and the phenomenon of terrorism.