History | The Mafia and other Italian Mysteries
B200 | 26206 | Ipsen

This course will focus primarily on the Italian mafia. The main text
will be John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia.
That work does also explore links to the US mafia. In addition to
the mafia we will look at related areas of Italian “deep politics”
(or Italy’s mysteries) including some (but probably not all) of the
following: Salvatore Giuliano, right and left wing terror and the
strategy of tension, the Vatican banking scandal, P2, Ustica. A
possible second text is Carlo Ginzburg’s _The Judge and the
Historian_. Lecture will be supplemented with assorted feature and
documentary films.