The essay illustrates George L. Mosse’s Italian intellectual network. Why his relationship with the Italy was so special to him and why Italy is perhaps the country that acclaimed the most his work? These pages answer to those questions analyzing Mosse’s admiration for Benedetto Croce and his fascination with Italian Baroque culture, his first Italian intellectual friendship with Giorgio Spini in the early sixties, his close liaison with the publisher Vito Laterza and of course his strong connection with the historian of fascism Renzo De Felice. In particular this «mutual admiration society», as it was defined, so important for understanding Mosse’s fortune in our country, is read through the filter of Delio Cantimori’s influence on his student De Felice, and through the rich epistolary of Michael Ledeen, young american Mosse’s student who came and worked with De Felice in Italy during the seventies. A few unpublished letters between Mosse and De Felice are published here for the first time in the appendix, together with other unpublished documents.
Keywords: George L. Mosse, Renzo De Felice, Giorgio Spini, Delio Cantimori, Michael Ledeen, Vito Laterza