Edition: 2021
Pages: 536
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788842081333

Contemporary Rome

Vittorio Vidotto


In the history of a city there is always something too complex and intangible, a condition that is even more evident in the case of Rome, at once a secular and ecclesiastic capital. The history of this city is a dense mosaic of memorable and dramatic events: from the battle for the monument to Giordano Bruno to the Jubilee celebrations of 2000, from the scandal of the Bank of Rome to the abduction of Moro, from the fall of Fascism in Via Rasella to the Ardeatine tombs. This is the background against which are silhouetted key figures such as Crispi and Mussolini, Pius XII and John Paul II. A great magnet for immigration, Rome is also the stage that saw millions of individuals build and experiment their new urban identity. In these pages Vittorio Vidotto paints an imposing fresco of urban history, which is also the first complete political and social history of Rome from 1870 up to its last local administration.

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Vittorio Vidotto

Vittorio Vidotto is professor of Contemporary History at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

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