Benedetto Croce and the Birth of the Italian Republic, 1943 1952

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 9, 2019 - Italy - 360 pages

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.

 

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Contents

1 Croce and Italy in 1943
3
2 Waging War
27
3 The Matter of the King
48
4 The Congress of Bari
64
5 De Nicolas Negotiations
86
6 A Democratic Compromise
98
7 A Government of National Unity
120
8 Romes Liberation
134
12 Election and Referendum
194
13 The Constituent Assembly
208
14 The Peace Treaty of 1947
225
15 A New Course
240
16 The Elections of 1948
251
Conclusion
269
Notes
273
Bibliography
309

9 From Bonomi to Bonomi
155
10 The Northern Wind
168
11 The Advent of De Gasperi
182

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About the author (2019)

Fabio 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

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