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Pietro Scoppola (1926-2007): history as civil commitment

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Pietro Scoppola, one of the leading figures in the intellectual life of contemporary Italy, died in October 2007. His career as a historian was closely interwoven with his civil commitment and he was an active participant in many spheres of public life in Italy. His work as a historian was inseparable from his attempts to think in broader terms about the dynamics of Italian society and politics, about the weight and legacy of the past and its part in helping to choose the right paths for the future and in overcoming current obstacles. This article reconstructs the main stages of his historical research and writing, and the ways in which these reached beyond the academic world to contribute to wider public debates. It develops the profile of a scholar who was in many respects highly original while also exceptionally capable to engage in dialogue, to raise questions and to keep alive the sense that the past is the essential premise for understanding the present.
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Keywords: Alcide De Gasperi; Aldo Moro; Catholic movement; Italian political parties; Post-war Europe; Vatican II; constitution

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Teramo,

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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