"John Foot's book "Italy's Divided Memory" offers a fascinating account of the sometimes grotesque battles to honour or dishonour this or that Fascist or Communist, with politicians on both sides putting up or tearing down plaques and monuments, naming and renaming streets, to suit their version of events."--"London Review of Books""" "In the case of Italy, Foot insists at the outset of his book that Italian memories have often been divided and that 'events have been interpreted in contrasting ways.' Divided memory and public memory, itself little studied and understood as consisting of monuments and public commemorations, are his subjects. Written succinctly and with intense engagement with its subjects, this is an exemplary study. Superb bibliography. Essential." -"CHOICE" "Foot offers a fascinating new perspective on modern Italian history and historiography, amounting to something like an Italian version of the 'culture wars.' Italy since unification has lived a split history, punctuated again and again by division, strife, and civil conflict. Foot shows how these civil wars have haunted the nation long after the event through decades-long 'memory wars, ' evident in public discourse and politics, in parks, streets and squares, monuments and memorial sites throughout the peninsula. Written in the light of the most sophisticated recent work on memory and oral history, and picking up on the furious controversies over the divided memory of the anti-Fascist Resistance, Foot's book teases out the extraordinary play of contradiction and silence in history and memory. This is an extremely suggestive and rich work."--Robert S. C. Gordon, Cambridge University
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
JOHN FOOT is a Professor of Modern Italian History at University College London, UK.