ONLINE HISTORY COURSE
Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Italian Risorgimento
While the concept and culture of Italians has been around for millennia, the making of the nation of Italy did not occur until just over 160 years ago, in the 2nd half of the 19th century. The Italian Risorgimento, or reawakening, was a long and difficult trajectory that was carried out over the better part of a century, finally leading to the unification of the Italian Peninsula in 1861. The most celebrated event of this effort was led by Giuseppe Garibaldi and his redshirts – Expedition of the Thousand – but there were many other important episodes that would finally lead to the creation of the Kingdom of Italy: clandestine revolutionary movements, realpolitik by European powers, and three wars of independence. This course will present how Italy went from a cultural concept to a geographical one as the conglomeration of colonized lands became a united kingdom under King Vittorio Emanuele II of the House of Savoy.
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 European forces occupying Italy and working to prevent Italian independence
- To present the significant events, machinations, and episodes of the Italian Risorgimento
- To learn about the major individuals and groups responsible for the Italian Unification
- To analyze the political and cultural leadership pushing for Italian unification
- To discuss the major challenges of the fledgling nation in its first decades of existence
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