Edition: 2020
Pages: 250
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842095583

The Italian Twentieth Century

Emilio Gentile - Mario Isnenghi - Giovanni Sabbatucci - Claudio Pavone - Valerio Castronovo - Marco Revelli - Vittorio Vidotto - Salvatore Lupo - Ilvo Diamanti



The twentieth century is the subject of much debate. Its legacy is controversial, its memory divided. Regicide, the Great War, the Matteotti murder of 8 September, the economic miracle, the years of protest, terrorism, the maxi-trial, Bribesville – the course of history has accelerated time, bringing sudden changes in fortune and marking the identity of Italy. Nine great historians interpret a vital era in the nation’s formation.

The authors

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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Mario Isnenghi

Mario Isnenghi taught at the Universities of Padua, Turin and Venice. He is President of the Venetian Institute for the History of the Resistance and of Contemporary Society, co-editor of Belfagor and editor of Venetica. His works, which have been reprinted on several occasions, include: The Myth of the Great War from Martinetti to Malaparte (1970); The Italians’ Wars (1989); Italy in the Piazza (1994); The Great War 1914-1918 (with G. Rochat, 2000); Garibaldi was Injured (2007). For UTET he edited the series Italians at War. Conflicts, identity, memories from the Risorgimento to today (2008-2009). For Laterza he edited three volumes of the seriesThe Places of Memory (People and Dates in a United Italy, 20102; Symbols and Myths of a United Italy, 20103; Places and Events of a United Italy, 20102) and is the author of From Resistance to Desistence. Italy of the “Ponte” (1945-1947) (2007) and 1915. Five Ways of Going to War in Twentieth-Century Italy (with other authors, 20112).

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Giovanni Sabbatucci

Giovanni Sabbatucci is professor of Contemporary History at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

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Claudio Pavone

Claudio Pavone, an Italian Partisan and State archivist for many years, held an associate professorship in Contemporary History at the University of Pisa. His research has focused on the formation of a United Italy from an institutional and administrative viewpoint, the history of Italy’s institutions and on the Fascism-War-Resistance triangle. His publications include A Civil War (Turin 1991), The Origins of the Republic (Turin 1995), Of Archives and Institutions. Writings by Claudio Pavone (edited by I. Zanni Rosiello, Rome 2004), On Civil War. The two accounts of the Resistance (with N. Bobbio, Turin 2015), My Resistance. Memories of youth (Rome 2015). For Laterza, among other things, he wrote Masterclass on Contemporary History (2007).

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Valerio Castronovo

Valerio Castronovo, former full professor of contemporary history at the University of Turin, is editor of the history review “Prometeo”. Among his publications with us: Storia dell’economia mondiale (six volumes, edited by, 1996-2002); Un passato che ritorna. L’Europa e la sfida dell’Asia (2006); Le rivoluzioni del capitalismo (n.e., 2007); Piazze e caserme. I dilemmi dell’America Latina dal Novecento a oggi (2007); Cento anni di imprese. Storia di Confindustria 1910-2010 (20102); Novecento italiano (i.a., 20112).

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Marco Revelli

Marco Revelli teaches Political Science at the Department of Legal, Political and Social Studies of the University of Piedmont Orientale. He chaired the Committee of Enquiry into Social Exclusion (CIES) and directs the Interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Work and Social Enterprise (CIVIS), which was set up at the University of Eastern Piedmont. His most recent publications include: Left Right. Lost identity, 1968. The Great Protest in Italy’s Twentieth-century (with other authors); The Demons of Power; and Post-Left. What remains of politics in a globalized world?

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Vittorio Vidotto

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

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Salvatore Lupo

Salvatore Lupo is professor of Contemporary History at the University of Palermo. He is the author of numerous studies on the history of southern society between the ninth and twentieth centuries.

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Ilvo Diamanti

Ilvo Diamanti is Professor of Political Science at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, where he founded and directs the Laboratory of Political and Social Studies (LaPolis), and is also Scientific Director of “Demos”. He collaborates with the newspaper “la Repubblica”. Among his most recent publications, Gramsci, Manzoni and My Mother-in-Law (Il Mulino 2012) and Password. Renzi, Juventus and other Italian Issues (Feltrinelli 2016). For Laterza he is the author, among other things, of A Jump Into The Unknown. A Political Portrait of Today’s Italy (with F. Bordignon and L. Ceccarini, 2013) and Hybrid Democracy (2014).

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