HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA

Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA

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DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE, SOCIALI E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE
POLITICAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
2013/2014



YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2008
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
540LESSONS
Objectives
THROUGHOUT THE ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL, INSTITUTIONAL, ECONOMICAL AND SOCIO-CULTURAL DYNAMICS, THE COURSE INTENDS TO DEEPEN THE OVERALL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ENCOURAGING FURTHER REFLECTION ON THE REASONS, THAT HISTORICALLY LED THE FORMER BRITISH NORTHERN AMERICAN COLONIES TO BECOME THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD DURING THE LAST CENTURY. FURTHERMORE, THE COURSE AIMS TO FOCUS ON THE POST-COLD WAR YEARS, AND NAMELY ON THE DEBATE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES ON THE TRANSFORMATIONS OCCURRED TO THE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AFTER 1989. SIMULTANEOUSLY, IT WILL BE ALSO ANALYZED THE MAIN TRENDS IN CANADIAN HISTORY, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE US-CANADA RELATIONS.
Prerequisites
GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY RESULTS TO BE DEEPLY USEFUL; WHILE, IT IS ALSO PREFERRED AN EVEN BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE, SINCE ENGLISH TEXTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE READ AND DISCUSSED DURING THE COURSE.
Contents
THE COURSE WILL BE COMPOSED OF THREE PARTS.
FIRST PART:
- AMERICAN REVOLUTION, INDEPENDENCE, AND THE FIRST PARTY SYSTEM;
- FROM THE EARLY REPUBLIC TO CIVIL WAR: SOCIAL TROUBLES AND EXPANSION;
- INDUSTRIAL GROWTH AND THE BEGINNING OF THE “EMPIRE” BETWEEN 19TH AND 20TH CANTURY;
- THE “AMERICAN CANTURY”: U.S: GLOBAL LEADERSHIP;
- AFTER THE COLD WAR.

SECOND PART:
- CANADA AND ITS MAIN HISTORICAL FACTS;
- US-CANADA RELATIONS.

THIRD PART. FOCUS:
- U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR;
- KISSINGER AND “KISSINGERISM”.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE IS COMPOSED OF 40 HOURS OF FRONTAL LESSONS, PARTITIONED AS FOLLOWS: 16 LESSONS FOR THE FIRST TWO PARTS OF THE PROGRAM, AND 4 LESSONS FOR THE “FOCUS”.
Verification of learning
ORAL EXAMS.
Texts
M. DEL PERO, LIBERTÀ E IMPERO. GLI STATI UNITI E IL MONDO, 1776-2006, LATERZA, ROMA-BARI, 2008.
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