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Ideas beyond Borders: Studies in Transnational Intellectual History


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In 1944, the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce called his fellow scholars to de-nationalise the study of the past, overcoming the cast in which history had been shaped from the nineteenth century onwards and that had contributed to make the nation a seemingly natural and everlasting phenomenon. Indeed, the scholarly community has had to wait more than half a century for the so-called transnational turn, which has led to many new insights but focused primarily on political and social developments. Considering the renewed interest in intellectual and conceptual history, the aim of ‘Ideas beyond Borders’ is to contribute to a new understanding of the ways in which ideas, discourses, images, and representations have been shaped transnationally, going beyond national, regional, or civilisational borders. The series focuses on transnational concepts and notions, such as Europe, civilisation, pan-region, etc. The timespan ranges, roughly, from the sixteenth century to the present day.

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The Political Thought of Thomas Spence Beyond Poverty and Empire

The Political Thought of Thomas Spence: Beyond Poverty and Empire

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By Matilde Cazzola
October 01, 2021

The book is an intellectual analysis of the political ideas of English radical thinker Thomas Spence (1750–1814), who was renowned for his "Plan", a proposal for the abolition of private landownership and the replacement of state institutions with a decentralized parochial organization. This system...

Global Perspectives in Modern Italian Culture Knowledge and Representation of the World in Italy from the Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century

Global Perspectives in Modern Italian Culture: Knowledge and Representation of the World in Italy from the Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Guido Abbattista
August 13, 2021

Global Perspectives in Modern Italian Culture presents a series of unexplored case studies from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, each demonstrating how travellers, scientists, Catholic missionaries, scholars and diplomats contributed to understandings of various global issues during the age ...

Italian Elitism and the Reshaping of Democracy in the United States

Italian Elitism and the Reshaping of Democracy in the United States

1st Edition

By Giorgio Volpe
March 16, 2021

This book deals with the reception of Italian elitism in the United States, identifying its key protagonists, phases, and themes. It starts from the reconstruction of the scientific and political debates aroused in the United States by the works of Mosca, Pareto, and Michels, and moves on to define...

Visions and Ideas of Europe during the First World War

Visions and Ideas of Europe during the First World War

1st Edition

Edited By Matthew D'Auria, Jan Vermeiren
August 19, 2019

Given the destruction and suffering caused by more than four years of industrialised warfare and economic hardship, scholars have tended to focus on the nationalism and hatred in the belligerent countries, holding that it led to a fundamental rupture of any sense of European commonality and unity. ...

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