Paul Ginsborg, born in London in 1945, is a leading authority on contemporary Italy. He taught European Politics at Cambridge University, before moving to Italy in 1992 to take up the chair of contemporary European History at the University of Florence.
He writes for many journals and newspapers including the London Review of Books; and in recent years has been at the forefront of Italian civil society's mobilisation in defence of democracy.
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In this masterly twentieth-century history, Paul Ginsborg places the family at center stage, a novel perspective from which to examine key moments of revolution and dictatorship. His groundbreaking book spans 1900 to 1950 and encompasses five nation states in the throes of dramatic transition: Russia in revolutionary passage from Empire to Soviet Union; Turkey in transition from Ottoman Empire to modern Republic; Italy, from liberalism to fascism; Spain during the Second Republic and Civil War; and Germany from the failure of the Weimar Republic to the National Socialist state. Ginsborg explores the effects of political upheaval and radical social policies on family life and, in turn, the impact of families on revolutionary change itself. Families, he shows, do not simply experience the effects of political power, but are themselves actors in the historical process. The author brings human and personal elements to the fore with biographical details and individual family histories, along with a fascinating selection of family photographs and portraits. From WWI--an indelible backdrop and imprinting force on the first half of the twentieth century--to post-war dictatorial power and family engineering initiatives, to the conclusion of WWII, this book shines new light on the profound relations among revolution, dictatorship, and family.
Political parties have lost swathes of members and effective power is ever more concentrated in the hands of their leaders. Behind these trends lie changing relationships between economics, the media and politics.
Electoral spending has spiralled out of all control, with powerful economic interests exercising undue influence. The ‘level playing field’, on which democracy’s contests have supposedly been fought, has become ever more sloping and uneven. In many ‘democratic’ countries media coverage, especially that of television, is heavily biased. Electors become viewers and active participation gives way to mass passivity.
Can things change? By going back to the roots of democracy and examining the relationship between representative and participatory democracy, political historian Paul Ginsborg shows that they can and must.
THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE:
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This book explores the choices we have in everyday life.
Short and topical biography of the volatile Italian leader.
ITALY AND ITS DISCONTENTS: 1980-2001
Ginsborg brings Italy’s agitated political history right up to date to cover the victory of the controversial figure of Silvio Berlusconi in the elections of 2001.
A HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ITALY
Anyone wishing to understand contemporary Italy will find it essential to have this enormously attractive and intelligent book