Benedetto Croce and the Birth of the Italian Republic, 1943-1952
As president of the Italian Liberal Party, Benedetto Croce was one of the most influential intellectuals involved in Italian public affairs after the fall of Mussolini. Placing Croce at the centre of historical events between 1943 and 1952, this book details his participation in Italy’s political life, and his major contributions to the rebirth of Italian democracy.
Drawing on a great amount of primary material, including Croce’s political speeches, correspondences, diaries, and official documents from post-war Italy, this book illuminates the dynamic and progressive nature of Croce’s liberalism and the shortcomings of the old Liberal leaders. Providing a year-by-year account of Croce’s initiatives, author Fabio Fernando Rizi fills the gap in Croce’s biography, covering aspects of his public life often neglected, misinterpreted, or altogether ignored, and restores his standing among the founding fathers of modern Italy.
- Series: Toronto Italian Studies
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 360 pages
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.4in x 9.2in
"This is an important book that offers a novel approach both to a significant cultural figure and to a momentous historical period. Re-considering the philosopher Benedetto Croce by focusing on his career as a political actor, and re-examining Italy’s post-Fascist transition through Croce’s political endeavours, Fabio Fernando Rizi provides illuminating insights into both topics simultaneously."
Charles L. Leavitt IV, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame
"There is a great need for this type of work. Benedetto Croce and the Birth of the Italian Republic fills a lacuna in Croce’s scholarship and addresses many of the misunderstandings created around the political figure of Croce in that period. To be sure this is state-of-the-art research and makes a very valuable and serious contribution to Croce scholarship."
Massimo Verdicchio, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
"Taking up from the earlier work, Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism, this book is largely based around Croce’s own writings, notably his diaries, which are fundamental primary sources. Fabio Fernando Rizi’s engagement with his subject matter and his enthusiasm for Croce and for modern Italian history is clear, while his familiarity with Croce’s writings is quite impeccable."
Philip Cooke, Professor of Italian History and Culture, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
Author InformationFabio Fernando Rizi was born in Italy and received his Ph.D. from York University. He was President of the Dante Society of Toronto for several years, and worked for the Toronto Public Library until his retirement. His first book, Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism, is also published by University of Toronto Press
Table of contents1. Croce and Italy in 1943
2. Waging War
3. The Matter of the King
4. The Congress of Bari
5. De Nicola’s Negotiations
6. A Democratic Compromise
7. A Government of National Unity
8. Rome’s Liberation
9. From Bonomi to Bonomi
10. The Northern Wind
11. The Advent of De Gasperi
12. Election and Referendum
13. The Constituent Assembly
14. The Peace Treaty of 1947
15. A New Course
16. The Election of 1948
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