Tag Archives : Italy


Italy’s Populist Earthquake

“We have the sensation of being on the eve of an earthquake,” Corriere della Sera economics writer Dario Di Vico observed on the day of Italy’s elections in early March. The results would show that some 65 percent of the electorate was opposed to the political status quo represented chiefly by the center-left Partito Democratico of Matteo […]


Beppe Grillo

Left-Wing Populism Meets ‘La Grande Crisi’: Making Sense of Italy’s Five-Star Movement

If China, now the factory of the world, has been the biggest winner in the globalized economy, Italy has been one of its biggest losers. The Italian economy has suffered from low growth and rising levels of income inequality for the past twenty years. The global economic meltdown of 2008 made Italy’s already bad situation worse. As economics writer Dario Di Vico observes in his analysis of growing income inequality in Italy, “We risk entering a lasting regime of descending mobility: the [social] elevator is going down instead of ascending….”


Review: GIOVANNI MARIO CECI. Il terrorismo italiano: Storia di un dibattito.

Review of GIOVANNI MARIO CECI. Il terrorismo italiano: Storia di un dibattito. Giovanni Mario Ceci. Il terrorismo italiano: Storia di un dibattito. (Studi Storici Carocci, no. 199.) Rome, Italy: Carocci editore, 2013. Pp. 342. €35.00. By Richard Drake The American Historical Review, Volume 122, Issue 5, 1 December 2017, Pages 1699–1700, https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/122.5.1699 Published: 11 December […]


“Italy’s Next Crisis Could Be Its Worst” from The American Conservative

The following article first appeared on The American Conservative on June 6, 2017.   Italy’s Next Crisis Could Be Its Worst Anarchist violence and Muslim extremism might produce a near-failed state.   Italy is not Greece. The latter is technically a failed state because of its overwhelming public and private indebtedness. But Italy is in […]


Historical Lessons for Our Time: Italy’s Response to the Challenge of Terrorism

From Tiempo devorado, Vol. 3, No 1 (2016): Bales per vots. Activisme i violència política a Europa des de 1991   ABSTRACT During the so-called years of lead, Italy had the highest rate of terrorist violence in the industrialized world. Terrorist groups, descending ideologically from the country’s Marxist­ Leninist and neofascist traditions, sought to destroy its democratic […]


Recent review in Catholic Historical Review

The following is my review of Chiesa cattolica e minoranze in Italia nella prima metà del novecento: Il caso Veneto a confronto, ed. By Raffaella Perin. The review appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, winter 2015, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 171-172. With antisemitism in Italy on the rise, any new research about this intractable problem […]


From HNN: This Is When Muslims in the Middle East Turned to Extremism 5

The following article by Richard Drake appeared on the History News Network on March 1, 2015. Source: http://www.historynewsnetwork.org/article/158616 In his Messages to the World, Osama bin Laden identified the Treaty of Sèvres as the starting point of Islam’s vendetta against the West. Sèvres is one of the five treaties that concluded the First World War. […]


Book Review: Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future

Richard Drake, review of Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press), The European Legacy, vol. 19, no. 7, December 2014, pp. 924-926; published online. Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future. By Bill Emmott (New Haven, CT: Yale University […]