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Like most European countries, Italy’s history comes with no shortage of violence, war, and bloodshed. And like most European citizens, Italians have drawn strength and resilience from these dark moments. Resistance and Uprising is an introductory look at the history of war and violence in Italy focusing on three particular moments in time: The Italian Wars of Unification (or, the Risorgimento), the Scramble for Africa, and the Second World War. It seeks to examine
Italy’s changing attitude as it shifts from a nation plagued by internal schism to a unified wouldbe coloniser, to a complicated participant in a worldwide crisis. Students will engage with the topic of war and violence through the analysis of both primary literary sources in their original Italian and various musical compositions tied to each moment studied.