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Italy’s Divided Memory

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Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Foot
    Pages 1-29
  3. John Foot
    Pages 31-53
  4. John Foot
    Pages 97-124
  5. John Foot
    Pages 125-146
  6. John Foot
    Pages 147-182
  7. John Foot
    Pages 183-203
  8. John Foot
    Pages 205-208
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-262

About this book


This book argues that contemporary Italian history has been marked by a tendency towards divided memory. Events have been interpreted in contrasting ways, and the facts themselves often contested. Moreover, with so little agreement over what happened, and why it happened, it has been extremely difficult to create any consensus around memory. These divisions have been seen at all levels, but take on particular importance when linked to the great traumatic and life-changing events of the Twentieth century - war, terrorism, disaster - but can also be applied to more cultural fields such as sport and everyday life. Social change also has an impact on memory. This book will take the form of a voyage through Italy (and into Italy's past), looking at stories of divided memory over various periods in the twentieth century. These stories will be interwoven with analysis and discussion.


argue event fascism history history of literature interpret Italy memory methodology monument resistance Terrorism

About the authors

JOHN FOOT is a Professor of Modern Italian History at University College London, UK.

Bibliographic information


'A fascinating account of the sometimes grotesque battles to honour or dishonour this or that Fascist or Communist, with politicians on both sides putting up or tearing down plaques and monuments, naming and renaming streets, to suit their version of events.' - London Review of Books