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JAN 174: Fascism, Resistance and Solidarity: Italy & Its Wounds
Bologna, Italy; Ferrara, Italy; Florence, Italy; Marzabotto, Italy; Modena, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Turin, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Course Title:
Fascism, Resistance and Solidarity: Italy & Its Wounds

Course Description:
This course will expose students to the stories of Italian men and women who stood against fascism, and risked their lives to help the persecuted minorities escape or hide. The course revolves around three components:Visiting the places where Fascist violence involved civilians;
Exposing students to elderly anti-fascist fighters, hear their stories and reading their political and historical accounts;
Reading political analysis of the victims of Fascism.Through these steps students will learn not only about the violence perpetrated on civilians by Fascists and Nazists, but also how people pursued ethical behaviors in dark times, against the destruction of war. We will visit two villages in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, where major massacres happened, and where the local priest helped the villagers by hiding them in the church and eventually dying with them shot on the altar. We will stay at the Peace Park maintained by the monastic community of the "Piccola famiglia dell'Annunziata”, founded by anti-fascist member of the Italian Constitutional assembly Giusppe Dossetti.

We will visit the remains of Jewish ghettos in Ferrara and Bologna, and, if time allows, spend time in Turin to visit the visual archive of the Museum of Anti-Fascist Resistance.

This itinerary is designed to guide students to develop critical questions on the events, but also on the historical processes of memorialization of such events.

Upper Division

Permission of instructor. It is recommended/preferable to have some knowledge of Italian, corresponding to one course taken at St Mary's or elsewhere.

Reading List:
Stanislao G. Pugliese.  Fascism, anti-fascism, and the resistance in Italy : 1919 to the present / Rowman &Littlefield, 2004.
Jack Olsen, Silence on Monte Sole, New York Bantham books, 1069/
Paolo Pezzino, Memory and Massacre : Revisiting Sant'Anna di Stazzema,New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Optional /background reading:
Christopher Duggan concise history of Italy, Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
(My Photographic book in Italian- video documentary avail with English subtitles)
Laura Fantone and Ippolita Franciosi, Re-Sistenze: il passaggio della staffetta, Morgana, Firenze (Women in anti-fascist resistance in Tuscany) 2005.

Basis for Final Grade:
Quiz on Italian culture 10%
Quiz on key dates and events in Italian Fascism 10%
Introduction Questions, presentation of a topic to the group: 10%
Travel diary:  35% 7 entries, 5 points each
Attendance and active participation in field visits  15%
Final paper : 20% to be turned in at the end of the term

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