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Among the many Italian journals dedicated to contemporary history, Past and Present (Passato e presente) stands out on account of several fundamental cultural choices it has made, choices which have ensured it success since its foundation in 1982. First of these choices was a refusal to adopt any ideological outlook - this manifests itself in the rigour of the research, in the journal’s continuous tackling of the latest topics and methodologies to arise in international historiography, and in its severe take on the political use of history, a use which has been widely adopted by the mass media and which contributes to the creation of an uncritical ‘communal sense’. Open to diverse historiographic approaches, the journal does not deny the inevitable subjectivity of judgement and, therefore, the civil commitment that distinguishes the historian from the purely erudite scholar. Another characteristic feature is the periodisation the journal has chosen. Past and Present seeks to respond to the reduction of contemporary history to the history of the 20th century, a tendency that is taking hold in schools and which risks becoming a simplification that rides roughshod over historic problems. The journal, however, identifies the roots of the contemporary world in the great economic, social, political and cultural processes that were set off at the end of the 18th century by the Industrial Revolution in England and the French Revolution. These cultural choices are also reflected in the rich articulation of features, which make Past and Present a ‘constructed’ journal at every level. The Editorial calls for a historical context to current issues and Discussions hosts an exchange between diverse voices on topics deemed relevant; Essays (Saggi) offers results of Italian and foreign research, while the Contemporary Historians (Storici contemporanei) section focuses on the relationship between the historian’s work and the context in which he/she operates. Considerable space is also given to critiques of international production and the issue of how history is presented by the mass media and in exhibitions, and how it is produced for schools. The result is a journal which as well as boasting illustrious names is capable of speaking, through articles of varying importance and readability, to students, teachers and a wider audience of history enthusiasts.

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Managing Editor

Gabriele Turi (Università di Firenze)

General Editor

Francesca Tacchi (Università di Firenze)


Roberto Bianchi (Università di Firenze); Philip Cooke (Strathclyde University, Glasgow); Valeria Galimi (Università di Firenze)

Editorial Board

Aldo Agosti (Università di Torino); Giovanni Borgognone (Università di Torino); Carolina Castellano (Università Federico II di Napoli); Massimo Cattaneo (Università Federico II di Napoli); Pietro Causarano (Università di Firenze); Monica Galfré (Università di Firenze); Lorenzo Kamel (Università di Torino); Lutz Klinkhammer (Deutsches Historiches Institut, Roma); Silvano Montaldo (Università di Torino); Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela); Stefano Petrungaro (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia); Ilaria Porciani (Università di Bologna); Gianpasquale Santomassimo (Università di Siena); Raffaella Sarti (Università di Urbino); Luciano Segreto (Università di Firenze); Simonetta Soldani (Università di Firenze); Gabriele Turi (Università di Firenze)

Scientific Board

Frederic Attal (Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, Valenciennes); Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University); Catherine Brice (Université Paris-Est, Créteil); António Costa Pinto (Universidade de Lisboa); Gerd Rainer Horn (SciencesPo, Paris); Tim Kirk (Newcastle University); Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London); Marc Lazar (SciencesPo, Paris); Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci (Université Paris VIII, Saint-Denis); Lutz Raphael (Universität Trier); Stephen Smith (University of Oxford); Philipp Ther (Universität Wien); Enzo Traverso (Cornell University, New York); Christian Wicke (Universiteit Utrecht); Perry Willson (University of Dundee)


Marco Albeltaro (Università di Torino); Giacomo Bonan (Università di Bologna); Andrea Borelli (Università di Firenze); Marco Bresciani (Università di Firenze); Paolo Fonzi (Humboldt Universität, Berlin); Stefano Luconi (Università di Genova); Alessio Petrizzo (Università di Padova); Andrea Rapini (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia); Francesca Zantedeschi (Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf); Gilda Zazzara (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia)


Davide Serafino; Giulio Taccetti

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Classified in Class A by Anvur (National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) in: Medieval History, Modern History, Contemporary History, Philosophy

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Issue 109/2020 
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Federico Romero, 1989. Trent’anni dopo (1989. Thirty years on)
Carolina Castellano, Pietro Causarano, Spazi, forme e tempi della deindustrializzazione (Deindustrialization: spaces, patterns and times)
Francesco Sanna, Libertà senza capitali. La crisi bancaria sarda del 1887 (Freedom without capital. The Sardinian banking crisis of 1887)
Giovanni Focardi, Convivere nel fascismo: i magistrati ebrei dispensati per legge (1936-1946) (Laid off by law: Jewish judges and Fascism (1936-1946))
Giancarlo Scarpari, Una sentenza pericolosa? Memoria storica e "diritto all’oblio" (A dangerous sentence? Historical memory and "the right to oblivion")
Ramón Villares, Josep Fontana. Storia e impegno civile (Josep Fontana. History and civic engagement)
Lorenzo Venuti, Storia e spazio pubblico in Ungheria. Lo spostamento della statua di Imre Nagy (History and public space in Hungary. The relocation of Imre Nagy’s statue)
Gabriele Turi, Una strada per Oriana (A road named Oriana)
Aldo Agosti, «La vita per mettere alla prova i libri». La Casa del governo di Yuri Slezkine ("To put life to the test of books". Yuri Slezkine’s The House of Government)
Enrico Francia, Una rivoluzione al microscopio (A revolution under the microscope)
Daniele Pipitone, Una storia partigiana della Costituzione (A partisan history of the Constitution)
Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, Dalla storia militare alla storia culturale della guerra

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