An outsider's vision : Gaetano Salvemini and the 1948 elections in Italy
Title: An outsider's vision : Gaetano Salvemini and the 1948 elections in Italy
Author: TINTORI, Guido
Citation: Modern Italy, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 139-157
ISSN: 1353-2944; 1469-9877
This article addresses a rather neglected aspect of Salvemini's prolific political output. Based on records collected in the Salvemini Archive at the Istituto Storico della Resistenza in Florence, this article examines Salvemini's perspective on the 1948 elections in Italy, through an analysis of his public writings and private correspondence. It considers the decisive impact that exile to the US and the academic environment of Harvard had on Salvemini's conception of democracy and politics, by making him an outsider in post-war Italy, a country polarised into the two competing ideological factions of the Communists and the Christian Democrats. Salvemini's fiercely independent spirit led him to criticise the Allies’ plans for post-war Italy and the American intervention in the 1948 elections under the auspices of the Cold War. Through an understanding of Salvemini's thought, this essay tries to offer a deeper analysis of the meaning of the 1948 elections as a watershed in the history of Italy.
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