ONLINE HISTORY COURSE
The Age of Terror in Italy: 1969-1980
The period from 1969 until the early 1980s in Italy was one of great transformation of Italian society. The social tensions that arose from the economic boom years after the end of World War Two came to a head in the late Sixties with its starting point in the youth culture of Italian universities. These years of social protest and activism quickly turned into a major social and political crisis, which lead to more than a decade of both random and targeted terrorism in Italy. This course will discuss how the events of the 1960s brought about various violent responses to the building social tensions that caused the entire decade of the 1970s to be known as gli anni di piombo (the years of lead). Among the topics that will be discussed are the goals and methods of individuals and organizations that perpetrated the violence along with the responses from the Italian State and the Italian people during this Age of Terror.
Dr. Nicholas Albanese is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Language Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He received his PhD from Indiana University in Italian Language and Culture and has taught extensively on Italian history, literature, and film both in Italy and the US. Dr. Albanese does research mainly on contemporary Italian history and culture with particular focus on Southern Italy and Sicily. His most recent publication discusses the ethics of story-telling in the works of the Sicilian author, Leonardo Sciascia. He is currently completing a project on 21st-century Italian apocalyptic fiction.
- To understand the social tensions of the 1960s and how they led to mass protests in Italy
- To present the significant acts and the major protagonists of terrorism in 1970s Italy
- To learn what groups and individuals were responsible for committing acts of violence
- To analyze the methods and objectives of the various organizations responsible for the acts of terror
- To discuss how and why the anni di piombo came to an end in the early 1980s
Virtual Classroom: Full access to an online educational platform with discussion forum, videos of recordings, syllabus, and reading list.
Location: LIVE INTERACTIVE ON-LINE HISTORY LECTURES
Readings to be provided to students in PDF format prior to the beginning of course.
Complete syllabus will be provided upon registration.
- ALL LECTURES WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE IN OUR VIDEO LIBRARY FOR THE DURATION OF THE COURSE