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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Italy

About the Series

Series Editors: C. Ferrara degli Uberti (University of Pisa, Italy), Marco Mondini (University of Padua, Italy and Italian German Historical Institute-FBK, Italy), Silvana Patriarca (Fordham University USA) and Guri Schwarz (University of Genoa, Italy)

The history of modern Italy from the late 18th to the 21st centuries offers a wealth of dramatic changes amidst important continuities. From occupying a semi-peripheral location in the European Mediterranean to becoming one of the major economies of the continent, the Peninsula has experienced major transformations while also facing continuing structural challenges. Social and regional conflicts, revolts and revolutions, regime changes, world wars and military defeats have defined its turbulent political history, while changing identities and social movements have intersected with the weight of family and other structures in new international environments. 

The series focuses on the publication of original research monographs, from both established academics and junior researchers. It is intended as an instrument to promote fresh perspectives and as bridge, connecting scholarly traditions within and outside Italy. Occasionally, it may also publish edited volumes. The sole criteria for selection will be intellectual rigor and the innovative character of the books.

It covers a broad range of themes and methods - ranging from political to cultural to socio-economic history – with the aim of becoming a reference point for groundbreaking scholarship covering Italian history from the Napoleonic era to the present.

4 Series Titles

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The Ultimate Italian Dante and a Nation’s Identity

The Ultimate Italian: Dante and a Nation’s Identity

1st Edition


By Fulvio Conti
December 23, 2022

This book shows how Dante Alighieri has been represented in the Italian collective imagination from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Often held to be a precursor of Italian unity, the author of The Divine Comedy has been put forward both as a standard-bearer of a secular, ...

At the Roots of Italian Identity 'Race' and 'Nation' in the Italian Risorgimento, 1796-1870

At the Roots of Italian Identity: 'Race' and 'Nation' in the Italian Risorgimento, 1796-1870

1st Edition


By Edoardo Marcello Barsotti
September 26, 2022

This book investigates the relationship between the ideas of nation and race among the nationalist intelligentsia of the Italian Risorgimento and argues that ideas of race played a considerable role in defining Italian national identity. The author argues that the racialization of the Italians ...

The Nation of the Risorgimento Kinship, Sanctity, and Honour in the Origins of Unified Italy

The Nation of the Risorgimento: Kinship, Sanctity, and Honour in the Origins of Unified Italy

1st Edition

By Alberto Mario Banti
June 08, 2020

This book is a translation of La Nazione del Risorgimento, one of the most important and influential works on modern Italian history published in recent years. It analyses the aspects of the ideas of nationhood and patriotism that impassioned and energized the Italian Risorgimento movement during ...

Mussolini's Camps Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy (1940-1943)

Mussolini's Camps: Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy (1940-1943)

1st Edition

By Carlo Spartaco Capogreco
November 25, 2019

This book—which is based on vast archival research and on a variety of primary sources—has filled a gap in Italy’s historiography on Fascism, and in European and world history about concentration camps in our contemporary world. It provides, for the first time, a survey of the different types of ...

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