Edition: 2012
Pages: 322
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842099802

The Faces of Power

Luciano Canfora, Andrea Giardina, Chiara Frugoni, Alessandro Barbero, Alberto Mario Banti, Emilio Gentile, Andrea Graziosi, Vittorio Vidotto, Giovanni Sabbatucci, Andrea Riccardi , Michelle Perrot



The political and human affairs of the great leaders of history, the highlights and lowlights of their dominion, and the legacy of these powerful people which continues to condition us to this day.

Pericles, Pope Wojtyla, Augustus, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, De Gasperi and others – shrewd impostors, crowd pleasers, emperors, ferocious dictators, able statesmen, or more humbly speaking, shepherds of souls who left their mark on the destiny of entire nations. In the hugely popular series of lectures held at the Auditorium of Rome (collected in this book) between October 2008 and May 2009, some of Italy’s foremost historians and the authoritative French scholar, Michelle Perrot, recount the political and human affairs of the great leaders of history and reveal the positive and negative aspects of their various styles of leadership. An in-depth exploration of the past and continuing influence of these powerful personages, and the extent to which we are still conditioned by that model and that power.

The authors

Luciano Canfora

Luciano Canfora is professor emeritus at the University of Bari. He directs the "Quaderni di Storia" and collaborates with the "Corriere della Sera." His books with Laterza have been widely translated all around the world.

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Andrea Giardina

Andrea Giardina is professor of Roman History at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences, president of the Italian Institute for Ancient History and member of the Lincean Academy. His most recent publications include, Cassiodorus the Politician (Rome 2006).

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Chiara Frugoni

Chiara Frugoni is among the greatest scholars of Medieval History in Italy. Her books, which have been translated into many languages throughout the world, have been highly successful and reprinted on numerous occasions. She taught Medieval History in the Universities of Pisa and Rome.

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Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero teaches Medieval History at the University of Piedmont Orientale, in Vercelli. Among his books, all bestsellers and all widely translated: Dictionary of the Middle Ages; Charlemagne. A father of Europe; The Battle. History of Waterloo; 9 August 378: The day of the barbarians; Lepanto. The battle of the three empires; Caporetto. As novelist in 1996 he won Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Premio Strega, for The Beautiful Life and Foreign Wars of Mr. Pyle, Gentleman. The Republic of France awarded him with the title of "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres". His history conferences are extremely popular and his lectures count hundreds of thousands of web followers.

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Alberto Mario Banti

Alberto Mario Banti teaches Contemporary History at the University of Pisa. His most recent publications include: The Nation of the Risorgimento (Turin 2000) and The Honour of the Nation (Turin 2005).

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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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Andrea Graziosi

Andrea Graziosi teaches Contemporary History at the University of Naples.

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Vittorio Vidotto

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

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Giovanni Sabbatucci

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

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Andrea Riccardi

Andrea Riccardiis the founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio. He is a historian of the contemporary world and a scholar of the History of the Church and Christianity.

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Michelle Perrot

Michelle Perrot is a well-known scholar of contemporary history.

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