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Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe examines the political machinations behind a visit to England in 1864 of the Italian patriot and ‘liberator’, darling of the English establishment and radicals alike.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

One of the key figures of the Italian Renaissance died on August 1st, 1464.

Volume: 64 Issue: 8 2014

Charles Freeman, surprised by the lack of research into one of the great unsolved mysteries, reveals for the first time his groundbreaking examination into the creation of the venerated object.

Volume: 64 Issue: 11 2014

The most desirable tourist destination of belle époque Europe, Venice became a major naval base during the First World War. Richard Bosworth looks at how La serenissima dealt with the years of peril during which it became a target of enemy bombers.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

A new exhibition at the British Museum on the aftermath of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 raises questions about the relationship between past and present, says Daisy Dunn.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The issues raised by Philip Morgan in a 2007 article on Italian Fascism have been rekindled, says Christopher Duggan.

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

The persecution and execution of Jews in 15th-century Italy highlights the ambiguous attitudes of Renaissance intellectuals towards Jewish people, their beliefs and their historical relationship with Christian theology, as Stephen Bowd explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

In the 1800s Rome became a microcosm for great power rivalries. E.L. Devlin describes a case of ambassadorial privilege that caused controversy between the papacy and the king of France.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

During the Second World War many cities were bombed from the air. However Rome, the centre of Christendom but also the capital of Fascism, was left untouched by the Allies until July 1943. Claudia Baldoli looks at the reasons why and examines the views of Italians towards the city.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Italian Fascist scouts meet a member of the Hitler Youth in Padua, October 1940: a picture explained by Roger Hudson.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

Jane Everson highlights the social networks of the Italian academies, the first of their kind in Renaissance Europe.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Alex Keller tells the story of how an unlikely friendship between a Dutch doctor and a young Italian nobleman led to the establishment of the first scientific society, which lent crucial support to the radical ideas of Galileo Galilei.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

During the Napoleonic Wars Britain occupied the strategically important island of Sicily. Most of its inhabitants, tired of long-distance Bourbon rule, welcomed the arrangement, but their monarch did not, as Graham Darby explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

With Italy on the brink of financial collapse and in deep political crisis, the country’s 150th anniversary has been a dramatic one. It is especially timely, then, to take stock of new research into this most contradictory and enigmatic of countries.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Ann Natanson visits an exhibition in Rome that highlights the papacy’s interaction with major figures of European history.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Though it is immersed in the theological ideas of the Middle Ages, the cosmology of Dante’s Divine Comedy is sophisticated, sceptical and tolerant, argues James Burge.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

The discovery of a letter written by the great physician sheds new light on one of the most dramatic events in Roman history, as Raoul McLaughlin explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

One hundred and fifty years after the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy, Graham Darby reassesses the contribution of one of the key players.

Issue: 70 2011

The Italian Renaissance republics are regarded by many as pioneers of good governance. Yet republican rule often resulted in chaos and it was left to strong despotic rulers to restore order, as Alexander Lee demonstrates.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

One of the last popes to play a major role in international affairs, Innocent XI defied Louis XIV, the Sun King, and played a decisive part in the defence of Christianity against the spread of Islam under the auspices of the Ottoman empire, as Graham Darby explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Ann Natanson reports on a new scheme to restore the Roman Colosseum to its former gory glory.

Volume: 61 Issue: 10 2011

Chris Wickham revisits an article by J.B.Morrall, first published in History Today in 1959, on the strange, shortlived emperor who in the tenth century sought to rule the lands we now call Germany and Italy.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

A series of archaeological discoveries off the coast of Sicily reveal how Rome turned a piece of lethal naval technology pioneered by its enemy, Carthage, to its own advantage, explains Ann Natanson.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of St Catherine of Siena's canonisation by Pope Pius II.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Berlusconi is a product of the country's incomplete unification, argues Alexander Lee.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

Richard Bosworth looks at the Vittoriano, the Italian capital’s century-old monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Italian unification and still the focus of competing claims over the country’s history and national identity.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

In October 1935 Mussolini’s Fascist Italian forces invaded Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) at a crucial moment in the run-up to the Second World War. Daniel Whittall looks at the complex issues the invasion raised in Britain and the responses to it, especially from black Britons.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Few events in history have proved as momentous as Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter. David Wootton explains why.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Richard Cavendish descrives how, following Garibaldi's capture of Palermo, the Neapolitan garrison under General Ferdinando Lanza capitulated on June 6th, 1860.

Volume: 60 Issue: 6 2010

Stephen Gundle, joint curator of a current exhibition on anti-Fascist art and the decline of the cult of Mussolini, examines the political demise and commercial rebirth of the Italian dictator.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

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