Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

HIST 335/HONR 216 Summer 2013

Summer 2013

History 335 TTH 9:00 – 12:20

Writing Intensive

Instructor: Anne Wingenter

e-mail: awingen@luc.edu

phone: 0635403095

office hours: TTH 12:20- 1:30 in 117 (or by appt.)



Italy in the 19th and 20th Centuries

This course introduces students to the major political, cultural and social trends in Italy since the defeat of Napoleon.  Within this broad overview three historical “problems” are examined in depth.  These are: 1) the place of the Risorgimento in Italian unification; 2) the rise and fall of Italian fascism; and 3) the immigration waves of the past 3 decades and their impact on Italian identity.  Along with a general secondary text, students are asked to read and comment upon a novel and a variety of primary documents.  


Required Texts:

Christopher Duggan, The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796. 2008


Ignazio Silone, The Abruzzo Trilogy : Fontamara, Bread and Wine, The Seed Beneath the Snow.




Skills: History as a discipline consists of analysis and expository writing. Consequently, the “writing intensive” aspect of this course is designed both to improve your general writing skills and to develop your ability to “do” history. Through engagement with controversial subjects and conflicting interpretations across primary sources and secondary texts, you will further develop your abilities to read and write critically and to recognize and question the political implications of history writing.


Knowledge: You will learn to define some perhaps familiar political terms (for example, Liberalism, Republicanism, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, Christian Democracy) in the context of Italian politics.  By the end of the course you will have obtained a broad overview of Modern Italian History and be able to place related ideas, individuals and institutions in their proper context.




Work turned in in this class is to be your own.  Plagiarism is, as is stated in Loyola’s rules, grounds for failure of the assignment and possibly the class.  If you have doubts about the proper use/citation of sources, there are several manuals of style available in the library.  If doubts persist, consult me before turning in the assignment in question.






1.  Class Participation – 10%

You are responsible for each week's readings and should come to class with specific questions and comments in mind.  Lectures in this class deal with specific events, institutions and individuals and the historical debates surrounding them, the readings provide the context for these debates and the general narrative of Italian history.


2.  Weekly commentary on primary documents – 10%

By each Wednesday evening you will post to the discussion board a brief commentary on one or more of the primary source readings.  These should be no more than a page in length and should serve as a basis for class discussion.


3.  Mid-Term Exam – 20%

The mid-term is a take-home exam to be completed by Monday June 7.


4.  2 Short Papers - 20% each

In lieu of a research paper, you will be asked to write two short (5-6 pages) papers based on one or more of the Silone Novels. The first of these will center on relating at least one of the primary-source readings to a selected scene or scenes from the fictional work. The second will expand upon the first to comment upon the novel(s) as historical document(s) examining how Silone’s work illustrates the broad themes of modern Italian History. I will provide more thorough guidelines for these papers during the first week of class.


5.  Final Exam - 20%

The final will include a document analysis and some short identification questions.  These will be drawn from the material covered since the mid-term.



A note about attendance:

Attendance policy in this class follows the official Rome Center rules: “In order for a student to be excused from class, he/she must present to the professor of each of his/her classes a written note of excuse…. The only authorized notes are those from a Doctor, the Director, the vice director, the assistant Director, or the Associate Dean of Students.”  A doctor’s or nurse’s note is necessary for excused absences due to illness.  Travel is NOT considered a valid excuse for missing classes or turning in late assignments.







Background Reading:  Duggan pp. 3-404 / begin Silone


Week 1 (May 21, 23):  From the French Revolution to Unification




Week 2: (May 28, 30)  Liberal Italy, Crisis, War



Class on site Thursday, May 30 at the Victor Emanuel Monument - we'll meet at the main gate.


Related sights in Rome: Museo Napoleonico, Museo del Risorgimento, Ponte Milvio, Gianicolo, Piazza Cavour and the Palazzo di Giustizia, Ministero delle Finanze, Piazza del Parlamento, Il Quirinale, Ponte Garibaldi



Background Reading: Duggan pp. 407-547

Midterm exam due by Tuesday, June 3.



Week 3: (June 3, 5) Rise of Italian Fascism and Consolidation of Regime


First paper due electronically by Friday, June 6.


Week 4: (June 10, June 11) Fascism from “Consent” to Collapse / WWII and the Resistance



Class on site Tuesday, June 10 at the Foro Italico- we'll meet on campus as usual and go together. If you are coming on your own, meet at the Mussolini obelisk at 9:30.


Related sights in Rome: Il Vittoriano, Palazzo Venezia, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Il Foro Italico (Stadio Olimpico), Le Fosse Ardeatine, Via Tasso



Background Reading: Duggan pp. 548-587


Week 5: (June 18, 20) The impact of immigration to Italy


Historical Analysis of novel(s) due on Tuesday.  Final exam on Thursday.