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Transition projects

The research focuses on the simultaneous occurrence of several “extraordinary events” during the pontificates of Pius VII and Gregory XVI (1814-1846) in various parts of Catholic Europe.

As surprising as this may seem, the Church’s view of history and its transition to modernity in the Early Modern period is a subject that is still practically unexplored. This may be explained by an apparent bias towards the visual media such as painting and architecture, both in the past and in the scholarship today.

The analysis will focus on the role played by the three leaderships, and will consider their participation in the debate on means and goals of political action that took place within international social democratic fora.

The research sets out to study the post-1945 constitutional transition; it involves examining the changes in doctrine that occurred in Italian and German political and legal culture in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The Project "Popular courts and legal transition: Rügegerichte in the Sattelzeit 1763-1831” studies the debates around the differents uses of the Rügegerichte in Baden, Wuerttemberg and Saxony

His main research interests lie in German History, History of European Integration, Cold War, Comparative History, Intellectual history. His current research project aims to produce a comparative analysis of the history of political science in Germany and Italy in the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on its relationship to democratization processes.

The current research project concerns 16th-century religious history in the Alps, at the frontier between the Habsburg Empire and the Venetian Republic. By studying models of preaching and teaching, it aims to sound the reaction of religious communities to the novelties brought by the Lutheran scission.

The project aims to demonstrate that analytical tools geared to the cultural history of war can contribute to a better understanding of the years after the Second World War in Italy and Germany.

 “Transitional justice” denotes those judicial and administrative processes that take place during a political transition, generally from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one. The principle aim is that of punishing the persons in charge during the preceding regimes and their supporters, to “render justice” and to reach─by way of a series of juridical and political measures─internal pacification, which ought to allow for the civil and moral reconstruction of society.

Economic historians in the last thirty years have revised their positions on the transition from ancien régime to modernity. Nowadays the industrial revolution is no longer seen as a brief period of ‘take off’, but the upshot of lengthy worldwide transformation, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was much more pronounced in the north-west of Europe: growth in rates of per capita income may have been moderate, but a profound structural change took place and incremental innovation was widespread.

The research project aims to analyse the nature of the public spaces in which political communication occurred in the transitional period of the Italian wars: an epoch of political, economic and religious transitions occurring alongside – and interwoven with – changes in communication, to which the wars contributed decisively.

The starting point of the exiles project is the Urbino Court of Guidobaldo of Montefeltro, a mythic place described by The Courtier of Baldassar Castiglione. Urbino was a center for exiles or members of families in search of political and military success.