History | The Mafia and Other Italian Mysteries
B200 | 23697 | Ipsen
Need study skills help? Then contact the Student Academic Center
(855-7313) for on-line authorization for EDUC-X101 (Learning
Strategies for History, two additional credits) that will be offered
2:30 MW or 4:00 MW.
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.