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On the Edge of Democracy: Italy, 1943-1948

Rosario Forlenza


This book links the emergence of democracy in Italy after World War II to human experiences and the symbolic formation of meaning in a time of political and existential uncertainty. Between 1943 and 1948 Italians experienced the most intense period of the war, with its hardship and violence, and the most intense period of social, economic, and political reconstruction, with its hopes and vitality. Unlike conventional accounts that focus on institutions, ideologies, and political norms, On the Edge of Democracy examines the aspirations, expectations, and hopes of real people in real time—the so ... More

Keywords: World War II, democratization, democracy, Italy, liminality, process of meaning-formation, symbolization of experiences, existential crisis, transformative experiences, social dramas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosario Forlenza, author
Fellow, Remarque Institute, New York University