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Giovanni Orsina

Giovanni Orsina

Giovanni Orsina (Rome, 1967) is professor of history at Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome, where he is also deputy director of the School of Government and director of the Master in European Studies. He is a research fellow of IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, where he is the coordinator of the PhD in Political History.

Orsina holds a PhD in history from the University of Roma Tre. He has taught in the Universities of Bologna (1996-97), l’Aquila (1998-2001) and Roma Sapienza (2001-2005). He has been British Council Italian visiting fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1997-98), and visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan (2006) and  at Sciences-Po Paris (2003, 2009, 2012).

Orsina has published extensively, mostly but not only in Italian, on the political history of the late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. He is especially interested in the relationship between ideologies, institutions and political struggle, with a particular focus on liberalism.

Among his publications:

  • Il berlusconismo nella storia d’Italia, Venice, 2013
  • Leadership e culture politiche nell’Europa degli anni Ottanta, Soveria Mannelli, 2012 (editor)
  • Partiti e sistemi di partito in Italia e in Europa nel secondo dopoguerra, Soveria Mannelli, 2011 (editor)
  • L’alternativa liberale. Malagodi e l’opposizione al centro sinistra, Venice, 2010
  • Senza Chiesa né classe. Il partito radicale nell’età giolittiana, Rome, 1998;
  • Il liberalismo europeo nell’età dei totalitarismi, in T. Piffer, V. Zubok (eds), Società totalitarie e transizione alla democrazia. Saggi in memoria di Victor Zaslavsky, Bologna, 2011
  • The Republic after Berlusconi: Some reflections on historiography, politics and the political use of history in post-1994 Italy, «Modern Italy», 2010/1
  • 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