Lost Generation? Nicolò Carandini, the Decline of New Liberalism and the Myth of a New Europe
Blasberg analyzes the figure of Nicolò Carandini, a leader of Italian post−World War II liberalism, who—representing a social−liberal idea—stood in contrast to the prevailing national−conservative liberalism of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the generation of old liberals around Benedetto Croce. An anti-fascist since the early days of Mussolini’s regime and leader of the Roman Resistance, Carandini later became a promoter of the Radical Party, which prepared the ground for the Italian center-left governments of the 1960s. Blasberg highlights Carandini’s international orientation since his experience as first Italian post-war ambassador to Great Britain. A champion of European Federalism, Carandini had thus always been concerned to break up the Cold-War division by means of a Third Force.