History of Modern Italy

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History of Modern Italy

You may enroll online at shop.westernciv.com

or call 408-864-4060 (Mon-Fri, 10AM-6PM)

History of Modern Italy is a 30-week course (fall, winter, and spring). Fall Quarter: 17th Century Rome and The Enlightenment. We will begin in the year 1600, and will offer the student the opportunity to discuss the idea of “Modern,” as well as the flowering of Italian culture in seventeenth century Rome. During the Winter Quarter we will study the making of the modern Italian democracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. And then in the Spring Quarter, we will follow the evolution of the new democratic state of Italy into the twentieth century and the story of the Fascist dictatorship of Mussolini.

(For more information, please see the class syllabus.)

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Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:30PM

Fall Quarter, 10 sessions: OCT 3 through DEC 12
(no class NOV 21)

Winter Quarter: 10 sessions: JAN 9 through MAR 13

Spring Quarter: 10 sessions: APR 3 through JUN 5

Tuition: $345 per quarter

You may enroll online at shop.westernciv.com

or call 408-864-4060 (Mon-Fri, 10AM-6PM)


Dr. William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, and one of Silicon Valley’s most popular lecturers, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.


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