Violence in Italy (HSTY2660)


Violence is a feature of all human societies in every era. This unit examines the cultural significance of violence in Italy, from the Ancient Roman amphitheatre to the language of twentieth-century Fascist violence and post-war Italy's confrontation with left and right-wing terrorism, the 'years of lead', and Italy's continuing struggle with the Mafia. Themes include urban violence in Medieval, Renaissance and Early-Modern Italy, religious, gender and sexual violence, crime and punishment, and nationalist representations of violence in the nineteenth century.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd Bibliography (10%), 1x500wd Essay Outline (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x1hr Exam (20%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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12 Junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies



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