Edition: 2011
Pages: 186
Series: STL
ISBN: 9788842094999

Orphaned Italy. Interview on the Risorgimento

Emilio Gentile



The celebrations to mark one hundred and fifty years since Italian unification are taking place in a country that has lost its way, that denies its own history and founding fathers. But why do Italians have a negative relationship with the national movement that gave rise to the State? And why do they feel like they are Italian, but not citizens of a nation?  
Emilio Gentile retraces one and a half centuries of Italian history through the prism of the Risorgimento and compares the most prominent voices of Italian and foreign historiography. In words devoid of rhetoric, with neither condemnations nor apologias, he paints a picture of a nation that oscillates between euphoria and depression, pride and cowardice, illusions of grandeur and complexes of inferiority. A quarrelsome community, incapable of agreeing on what is Italy and just who are Italians.

The author

Emilio Gentile

Emilio Gentile is an historian of international renown, he is emeritus professor at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He received the Hans Sigrist Prize at the University of Berna for his studies on the religions of politics. Among his main works published by Laterza, often reprinted and translated all over the world: The Cult of the Lictor: the sacralisation of politics in fascist Italy; Politics as religion; Fascism: History and interpretation; Fascism in three chapters; God’s democracy: American religion after September 11 (Burzio Prize); Stone fascism; Two gunshots, ten million dead, the end of a world; The March on Rome and Fascism in Power; The leader and the Crowd; “In a democracy people are always sovreign” False!.

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