The new edition of the interview with George L. Mosse about Aldo Moro, edit-ed by Alfonso Alfonsi, provides a significant opportunity for a reappraisal of the many interesting themes covered by the interview itself and a reassessment of the historiographical interpretations of Moro’s figure on the centenary of his birth. Such an opportunity seems particularly relevant today, since the conversation with Mosse, first published immediately after Moro’s death, was then received with widespread scepticism and a general lack of understanding. Above all, the argu-ments suggested by the historian of German origins and his interpretative keys were long neglected, and not corroborated by historical research.
Today, almost forty years later, the historians propose new analyses, deeply different one from the other, - a circumstance that testifies to the various implica-tions of Mosse’s interview. Aldo Moro’s political vision is therefore analysed through a number of critical points: from his defence of the institutions and values of representative democracy, to his view of the problem of masses integration into the State; from the political turning point of the Opening to the Left, to the com-plex phase of the so-called historic compromise; from the analysis of Christian-Democratic political culture to that of Cold War implications. All these aspects are here taken into consideration in a comparative perspective and, finally, from an angle that is no longer circumscribed to the national political dimension.
Keywords: Aldo Moro, George L. Mosse, Christian Democracy, parliamentary democracy and mass society, Center-left, “national solidarity” governments
Paolo Acanfora, Piero Craveri, Richard Drake, Philippe Foro, Mariuccia Salvati, George L. Mosse, Intervista su Aldo Moro in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 1/2016, pp. 135-164, DOI:10.3280/MON2016-001005