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Giovanni Orsina

Giovanni OrsinaGiovanni Orsina is Director of the LUISS Master in European Studies. He is associate professor of Contemporary History at LUISS-Guido Carli, where he teaches Comparative History of European Political Systems and History of Journalism. He is coordinator of the PhD program in Political Systems and Institutional Transitions at IMT-Lucca. He is Scientific Director of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Rome, and a leading writer for the newspaper «il Mattino», Naples. He got his Ph.D. in History at the University of Roma Tre. He taught Contemporary History in the Universities of Bologna, L’Aquila and Roma La Sapienza. He was Italian visting fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in the year 1997-98; visiting professor at the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, in the years 2004 and 2008; and at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan, in the year 2006. He has written extensively in the fields of Italian political history of the Twentieth Century and English history and historiography. Among his publications:


  • L’alternativa centrista. Il liberalismo italiano di Giovanni Malagodi, Venice, forthcoming;

  • Senza Chiesa né classe. Il partito radicale nell’età giolittiana, Rome, 1998;

  • edited (with G. Quagliariello), La formazione della classe politica in Europa, 1945-1956, Manduria-Bari-Rome, 2000 and La crisi del sistema politico italiano e il Sessantotto. Una ricerca di storia orale, Soveria Mannelli, 2005;

  • The Republic after Berlusconi: Some reflections on historiography, politics and the political use of history in post-1994 Italy, «Modern Italy», forthcoming;

  • Etudiants universitaires et politique en Italie, 1945-1968, «Parlement(s). Histoire et Politique», 2007;

  • Quando l’Antifascismo sconfisse l’antifascismo. Interpretazioni della resistenza nell’alta cultura antifascista italiana (1955-65), «Ventunesimo secolo», 2005;

  • The United States according to the Italian Communist Press (1945-53), «Telos», 2004 (with Elena Aga Rossi