Paul Ginsborg


May 23, 2022

Paul Anthony Ginsborg (London, United Kingdom, July 18, 1945-Florence, Italy, May 11, 2022)[1][2] was an English historian and political theorist, nationalized Italian; he was Professor of European History at the University of Florence.[3][4] He was a specialist in Italian contemporary history and specifically in the 1848 revolution in Venice and in the period from the Italian post-war period, after the Second World War, to the present day.

Biographical data

He was born in London in 1945. He was a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, where he has been a professor in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. In Italy he was a professor at the University of Siena and the University of Turin until he got the chair of European History at the University of Florence. Since then, in 1992, he has been Professor of Contemporary European History at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Florence.[4]

Silvio Berlusconi: television, power and heritage

In the 2003 book Silvio Berlusconi; Television, Power and Heritage shows how Berlusconi's combination of anti-democratic populism and media power makes him a major threat to democracy. The book is a biography, both public and private, of businessman and President of the Italian Council of Ministers Silvio Berlusconi. He begins with his early activities as a businessman and playboy until the creation of his Mediaset business empire with his rise to the presidency of the Republic of Italy.[5] It analyzes the commercial relations, the economic interests and the judicial processes of the president of Italy but without failing to expose the characterization of Italian society that has promoted and allowed the triumph of a figure such as Berlusconi. He always had an intense participation in Italian politics against Silvio Berlusconi. The publication of his critical biography of Prime Minister Berlusconi managed to rise to the top of the bestseller lists.[4] He is known by the general public for having collaborated with Pancho Pardi in the creation of the girotondi movement.

We can't go on like this

His analysis of the political reality is set out in his: parliamentary democracy is in crisis; Obvious signs of this reality are corruption, the stagnant structures of the political parties and their exclusive desire for power, the detachment of citizens, the spending of the parties on electoral campaigns, the decisive action of the media - fundamentally the television-. Given this situation, Ginsborg raises what the citizen can do after voting and if he can really do something. He considers Paul Ginsborg that the citizen cannot be limited to the vote and must take back the real control of his life and reconquer democracy.[4] [6]

Works by Paul Ginsborg

The Publications of Paul Ginsborg can be consulted at the University of Florence. Books in Italian 1978 - Daniele Manin and the rivoluzione veneziana del 1848 - 49, (Feltrinelli) 1989 - Storia d'Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi. Society and politics 1943-1988 (Einaudi) 1994 - Dialogue su Berlinguer, with Massimo D'Alema, Giunti Editore 1994 - Le virtù della Repubblica (with Vittorio Foa) 1998 - L'Italia of the present time. Family, civil society, State 1980-1996 (Einaudi 1998) 2003 - Berlusconi. Patrimonial ambitions in a media democracy (Einaudi) 2006 - The time to change. Politics and potere della vita quotidiana (Einaudi 2004) 2006 - La democrazia che non c'è (Einaudi) 2006 Books in English 1979 - Daniele Manin and the Venetian revolution of 1848-49, Wersten Printed Services, Bristol 1998 - A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988, Penguin, London 2003 - A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - ISBN 978-1-4039-6153-22003 - Item