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HIST325 Modern Italy

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A critical examination of the history of modern Italy, covering a period from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the international context.

Beginning in the late 18th century, 'Modern Italy' examines the long birthing and continued pangs of the unified nation state (1860). It follows the nation's progress through World War I, the fascist era and the emergence of the postwar republic (1946), to the development of a modern European nation up to about the 1980s.

Paper title Modern Italy
Paper code HIST325
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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36 200-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) May not be credited together with HIST333 passed in 2004 or 2005. (ii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

Professor Mark Seymour -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Mark Seymour

Course materials will be made available electronically.
Course outline

Available via Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain

  • An in-depth knowledge of two centuries of modern Italian history and the peninsula's changing relationship with the outside world
  • An appreciation of varied historical approaches to Italy
  • An understanding of the richness and complexity of Italy's past

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40
T2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40