Module Identifier IT10510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Contact Hours   15 Hours  
Assessment Continuous assessment   One essay 1500-2000 words   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Brief description

Unity and fragmentation, vitality and stagnation, individualism and conformism, these are some of the forces that explain Italy's chequered history through the ages. The course will highlight the significant contribution of the regions, selected individuals and events to modern society and the cultural heritage of Italy. The course may be taken by both Beginners and Advanced students of Italian.   

Learning outcomes

Successful students will have a knowledge of:

and be able to evaluate:

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
R. Kirkpatrick. (1987) Dante: The Divine Comedy. CUP
Q. Skinner. (1981) Machiavelli. OUP (Past Masters)
Open University. Machiavelli (see Booklet A201 Unit 14).
** Recommended Text
Dante Alighieri (translated by Mark Musa). L'inferno. Penguin Classics
R. Jacoff. (1993) The Cambridge Companion to Dante. CUP
N. Machiavelli. Il Principe. NUE
P. Bondanella (ed.). The Prince. OUP
S. Anglo. Machiavelli, a dissection. Paladin
R. J. Hale. Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy. Penguin
** Recommended Consultation
Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy, vol. 1.
N. Machiavelli (trans. G. Bull). (1961) The Prince. Penguin
M Clark. Modern Italy 1871-1982. Longman
D. Sassoon. (1986) Contemporary Italy, a Modern History. Longman
F. Spotts & T. Wieser. Italy, a difficult democracy: a survey of Italian politics. C U P
D. Mack Smith. Italy: a Modern History. Michigan U P
Z. Baransky. Culture and Conflict in Post-war Italy. M & GSEIS
Hughes. The fall and rise of modern Italy.
L. Barzini. The Italians.
P. Ginsborg. A History of Contemporary Italy.
P. Ginsborg. Culture and Politics in Contemporary Italy (Chapter I in Baranski).
W. Ward. (1990) Getting it Right in Italy. A Manual for the 1990s. Bloomsbury