Cover Fascism and the History of Italy
series "Saggi"
pp. 304, Brossura, 978-88-15-12516-3
publication year 2008


Fascism and the History of Italy

The essays collected in this book stem from a single concern: understanding what Fascism was and what role it played in Italian history. Vivarelli had devoted the greater part of his work as a historian precisely to these topics; a few years ago he even offered readers a painful memoir of the autobiographical roots of his commitment to research. In this new collection attention is focused in two central themes the culture of Fascism and the 1943-1945 civil war along with the related bitter controversy among historians in which the author actively participates. The long introductory essay is a reflection, touching on historical accounts and intellectual autobiography, on the inadequate relationship that Italy entertains with its Fascist past.

Roberto Vivarelli is professor emeritus at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

1. Fascismo e storia d'Italia: fra autobiografia intellettuale e riflessione storiografica
Parte prima: Prospettive
2. La cultura italiana e il fascismo
3. La generazione di Mario Bracci
Parte seconda: Fra storia e memoria
4. Una guerra civile
5. Guerra ai civili e vuoti di memoria
6. La lezione di una diatriba
7. Vinti e vincitori in Italia alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale
8. Considerazioni sulla memoria
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