The Intellectual Community of La Rivoluzione Liberale’

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While Piero Gobetti has often been the subject of historical attention in Italy since his death in 1926, the existing literature on this anti-fascist intellectual and editor has almost always considered him in the context of political tradition and focused on his theories and historical studies rather than on his editorial activities. This article aims to redress this balance, by situating Gobetti within the context of the socio-economic environment of post First World War and early fascist Turin, and by examining his role as an editor and cultural organiser with respect to his most well known periodical: La Rivoluzione Liberale. Drawing on the personal correspondences of Gobetti and the administrative archives of the periodical, an account of its circulation and readership will be constructed in order to determine the nature (in geography, education, profession and political affiliation) of the community of the ‘Liberal Revolution’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-38
Number of pages19
JournalModern Italy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Gobetti, Piero, Italian anti-fascism, periodical press, political elitism


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