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The modern Olympic movement was inspired by the classical world. But, says Richard Bosworth, when the Italian capital hosted the Games in 1960, the organisers had to offer an image of the city that also took account of its Christian, Renaissance and Fascist pasts.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the event that signalled the beginning of the end of the Western Roman empire 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Mark Bryant profiles the brilliant wartime cartoonist who chronicled the actions of Italy’s Fascist leader.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Robert Pearce examines the career of Mussolini’s forerunner

Issue: 64 2009

In 1926 Umberto Nobile, a young Italian airship engineer, became a hero of Mussolini’s Fascist state when he piloted Roald Amundsen’s Norge over the North Pole. But his subsequent attempt to make the journey on behalf of his own country ended in tragedy. Irene Peroni tells his story.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

Russell Tarr sees similarities but also important contrasts in the foreign policies of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy

Issue: 65 2009

Emily Parton asks a key question about Italian unification, in the winning entry of History Review magazine's 2009 Julia Wood Award.

Issue: 65 2009
Richard Cavendish remembers a 16th century papal attempt to restrict the power of Venice.
Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

The two dictators met on May 3rd, 1938.

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

Mark Rathbone asks why the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia emerged in the 1850s as the likely unifier of Italy.

Issue: 62 2008

Lucy Riall explores the social and political issues in Italy following the country’s unification. She shows how these issues became the focus for a dynamic new artistic movement of the 1890s, Divisionism, a forerunner to Futurism and the subject of a current exhibition at the National Gallery.

Volume: 58 Issue 8 2008

Anthea Gerrie explores a remarkable excavation, a Roman surgeon’s house in Rimini.

Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of the death of an important Renaissance political figure, on March 12th, 1507.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Robert Pearce highlights Giuseppe Mazzini’s role in the Risorgimento.

Issue: 57 2007

Charles Freeman visits the Eternal City, and finds the Castel Sant’Angelo, home to emperors and popes, to be the clue to unravelling its fabulously rich and complex history.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Philip Morgan explains why Italians have tended to gloss over the period 1940-43, when Mussolini fought against the Allies, preferring to remember the years of German occupation 1943-45.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Thomas Meakin asks to what extent Italian Fascism represented a triumph of style over substance.

Issue: 59 2007

One of the great conspiracy theories of the Second World War is that the ­Americans struck a deal with Mafia mobsters to ­conquer Sicily. Tim Newark exposes the truth behind this notorious story of Mafia collaboration.

Volume: 57 Issue: 4 2007

F.G. Stapleton highlights the key role played by the Italian King in the Rise of Mussolini.

Issue: 58 2007

Alan Farmer examines the process which led to the unification of Italy.

Issue: 54 2006

Vincent Barnett reveals that there is more to Machiavelli than his notorious reputation.

Issue: 56 2006

Romans have reacted passionately to the new presentation of one of the Eternal City’s key historic monuments, Charlotte Crow explains.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

The beliefs of the man who painted some of the most famous Christian images are shrouded in mystery. Alex Keller coaxes Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts out of some little-known personal writings.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

The Roman emperor abdicated on May 1st, 305.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Richard Cavendish charts the life of the Italian nationalist Guiseppe Mazzini.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005

Mussolini casts a long shadow. R J.B. Bosworth describes how Italians of both the left and the right have used memories of his long dictatorship to underpin their own versions of history and politics.

Volume: 55 Issue: 11 2005

Richard Cavendish charts the events leading up to the execution of Marin Falier, Doge of Venice, on April 18th, 1355.

Volume: 55 Issue: 4 2005

Umberto II of Italy was born on September 15th, 1904.

Volume: 54 Issue: 9 2004

The self-styled tribune of the Roman Republic, Cola di Rienzo, was murdered by an angry mob, on October 8th, 1354.

Volume: 54 Issue: 10 2004

The King of Sicily died on February 26th, 1154.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004

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