Book review on the biography “Franco Venturi, politica e storia nel Novecento”

Gisela Schlüter has written a book-review on the biography on Franco Venturi by Adriano Viarengo:


Adriano Viarengo, Franco Venturi, politica e storia nel Novecento, Studi storici Carocci
221 (Roma: Carocci editore, 2014).

You can find the review, published in Romanische Studien 4/2016, online here:



New publication: Franco Venturi’s “Comunismo e Socialismo. Storia di un’idea”

Franco Venturi, Comunismo e Socialismo. Storia di un’idea. A cura di Manuela Albertone, Daniela Steila, Edoardo Tortarolo, Antonello Venturi, Centro Studi si Storia dell’Università di Torino, Torino, 2014, € 14.

This previously unpublished history of the Idea of Communism and Socialism consists of two essays, which Franco Venturi wrote in Paris in 1939, and in Avigliano (in Southern Italy, where here was interned) in 1941-1942. It shows Venturi as a young man in the 1930s, passionately involved in culture and politics. Continue reading

Kick-off conference at the German Historical Institute Paris 10th-12th december 2014

The research project on “Languages of Reform” has sucessfully started with a kick-off-conference at the German Historical Institute Paris on december 10th-12th 2014.

Almost all of the 25 participants of this international project could make it to Paris. In short 30-minute presentations the individual research projects were discussed. The thursday night was a special moment when Daniel Roche gave a public lecture on how the history of ideas and social history have influenced each other in the past and how they should be combined for future research.


The German Historical Institute’s director Thomas Maissen introducing Daniel Roche and Manuela Albertone, who delivered the commentary to Daniel Roche’s talk.

Languages of Reform

The enlightenment was a European phenomenon. But how did changing philosophical backgrounds manifest themselves in changing languages of reform? Which semantic fields were used to legitimize planned change? In which areas of societal change and in which countries did argumental patterns change? An international group of British, French, German, Italian and Dutch historians with a shared background in intellectual history is looking for answers to these questions.