Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A02. Divided We Stand: An Introduction to Modern Italy

Behind the glitter of the design industry and the glorious remnants of the Italian Renaissance, behind the charm of the bucolic Tuscan landscapes and the delights offered by the culinary traditions, modern Italy is politically unstable, and economically, ideologically and culturally divided. This course will examine the cultural, social and political history of Italy since the late 19th century, highlighting the unfinished business of the unification process, the ghosts of fascism, the role of the Catholic Church and the economic boom of the 1960s as key factors in the ongoing struggle for Italian national identity.

Alberto BianchiAlberto Bianchi
Associate Professor of Italian Studies