LUISS

Presentations

Class work consists in a group presentation and an individual essay. Students will divide themselves up in groups of two people. Each group will choose one of the arguments listed below, look for and read the relevant bibliography, and prepare a short presentation aimed at demonstrating the chosen argument. Each argument is coupled with an opposite argument. Presentations of opposite arguments will take place one after the other. Those who present, beside defending their argument, will be required to criticise the presentation of the opposite argument, and will be judged on how they have conducted their criticisms.

Students will then be required to deliver the presentations in essay-form, individually. The written essay (no more than 3000 words) has to be sent by email to both gorsina@luiss.it and cvodovar@luiss.it. Deadlines are: the 6th of December for those who wish to take the exam on the 13th of December; the 31st of December for all the others. The essay must also be devoted to demonstrating one’s argument, and confuting the opposite.

The country analysed in the presentation (and essay) must  be different from that dealt with in the book chosen among those of group 2 (see Reference Books).

 
Arguments

The advent of fascism in Italy was mainly due to social and economic reasons
The advent of fascism in Italy was mainly due to the weakness of the political system

The crisis of the Weimar republic was also due to its institutional arrangements
The institutional arrangements of the Weimar republic could have prevented Hitler’s raise to power

The Vichy Republic in France was mainly the product of the defeat
The Vichy Republic in France had deep roots in the French political tradition

The Italian communist party was an antisystem force
The Italian communist party was integrated in the Republic

The different destiny of the Italian and French Fourth Republic is due to the presence of De Gaulle
The different destiny of the Italian and French Fourth Republic is due to the Algerian war

Attlee’s government in 1945 represented a sharp break with the British tradition
Attlee’s government in 1945 was largely in continuity with the British tradition

German democracy consolidated by the 1950s because of the economic miracle
German democracy consolidated in the 1960s because of the cultural transformation

1968 in France was mainly a social crisis
1968 in France was mainly a political crisis

Thatcherism represented a sharp break with the British tradition
Thatcherism was largely in continuity with the British tradition

The roots of Tangentopoli must be looked for in the late 1950s
The roots of Tangentopoli must be looked for in the 1980s

Berlusconi was in continuity with the “first” Republic
Berlusconi represented a sharp break with the “first” Republic

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