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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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The Polycentric Structure of Italian Historical Writing

The Polycentric Structure of Italian Historical Writing

(p.225) Chapter 11 The Polycentric Structure of Italian Historical Writing
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Ilaria Porciani

Mauro Moretti

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This chapter focuses on Benedetto Croce's history of 19th-century Italian historiography, which offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of Italian history that exists. Croce, who was interested in historiography both as an historian and as an idealist and historicist philosopher, wrote this book in order to fill a sense of emptiness in Italian history. This chapter also highlights many outstanding characters of Italian historiography, emphasizing the strong weight of specific traditions deeply rooted in centuries of political fragmentation and embedded in the experience of regional or city states.

Keywords:   Benedetto Croce, Italian historiography, Italian history, historian, idealist, historicist philosopher

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