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Book Presentation: "A History of Modern Italy" by Anthony Cardoza

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Book Presentation by author Anthony L Cardoza: "A History of Modern Italy

Transformation and Continuity, 1796 to the Present"

Author Anthony Cardoza will be interviewed by Professor Franco Andreucci, former Professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa 

A History of Modern Italy addresses the question of how Italy's modern history--from its prolonged process of nation-building in the nineteenth century to the crises of the last two decades--has produced a paradoxical blend of hyper-modernity and traditionalism that sets the country apart in the broader context of Western Europe.   

Anthony L. Cardoza is a Professor of Modern European History at Loyola University Chicago, with a research specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century Italy and Fascism. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1969, and his Ph.D in History from Princeton University in 1975, before accepting a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1976.  He is the author or co-author of five books on Italian history.  His Agrarian Elites and Italian Fascism: The Province of Bologna, 1901-1926 (Princeton, 1982), won the 1983 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies.   Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility 1861-1930 (Cambridge, 1997) was awarded the American Historical Association’s 1998 Marraro Prize for the best book in any area of Italian and Italian-American history. Cardoza is also the author of Benito Mussolini: The First Fascist (Pearson-Longman, 2006) and co-authored with Geoffrey Symcox The History of Turin/La Storia di Torino (Einaudi, 2008), in addition to The History of Modern Italy:  Transformation and Continuity (Oxford, 2018).

Franco Andreucci has been a professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. He has also been a visiting professor in Barcelona, Marburg, Chicago, as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His scholarship explores European political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interests in the fields of the history of socialism, Marxism, and German social democracy. He is the author of several articles and books on these topics, including his latest work, Da Gramsci a Occhetto. Nobiltà e miseria del Partito comunista italiano 1921-1991, Pisa, Della Porta Editori, 2014.


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500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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