From the Renaissance to Modern Italy

Ref: C2228379

This course is aimed at people with an interest in "Everything Italian". Italy is a country with an interesting and complicated past so this will give you an brief overview of the middle ages, the Renaissance period and the historical "Risorgimento" (Unification). Post-unification will include Italy's place in the world wars, Mussolini and the Fascist era, post-war and modern day politics and will include some geography and modern culture. The course will also include a weekly fun quiz aimed at revisiting the main points covered in the previous week.

Course aim

This course will give you a brief introduction to Italian History and Culture from the Renaissance period to Modern Italy, including the period of the Unification.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss elements of the Renaissance period and some of the more colourful and important contributors.
  • Describe how the three main architects of the Unification were successful in bringing together the disparate regions of Italy.
  • Describe who Mussolini was, his reign as "Il Duce" and the Fascist era.
  • Compare geographical and cultural differences between each of the regions.
  • Describe some aspects of modern politics, post WW2, including some of the most important Prime Ministers.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You only need to bring with you your love of Italy and a wish to learn more about this fascinating country.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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From the Renaissance to Modern Italy


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