Continuity in Rupture: The Italian and German Constitutional Culture After 1945

  • Maurizio Cau
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


Redefinition of post-war Europe’s political space after the Second World War has reshaped traditional constitutional cultures. Cau’s article recalls comparatively the “constitutional transitions” that Italy and Germany went through after the totalitarian experiences focusing on the examination of theoretical models that legal science has used to rethink the State and to lay new foundations for the political pact. Particular attention is given to the role of generations in the evolution of legal culture: In both countries, constitutional theory has been characterized by the competition of different theoretical models, by a non-linear path and by a complex twist of continuities and breaks toward past legal tradition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurizio Cau
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  1. 1.Fondazione Bruno KesslerIstituto Storico Italo-GermanicoTrentoItaly

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