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Response to Review of The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care

It was a pleasure to read Peter Barham’s review – in part because he is a real expert in the field, and in part because he really understood the book. As an expert, he is able to draw out exactly what I was trying to do and why I saw it as important – butContinue reading “Response to Review of The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care”

Response to Review of Pedalare, Pedalare. A History of Italian Cycling

Carlos Caracciolo’s review of my history of Italian cycling, Pedalare Pedalare, is careful and detailed reading of the text. For the most part, I am in agreement with the points made by the reviewer, such as those concerning the chronology of Italy’s cycling history, or the importance of bike shops and the bike industry. However,Continue reading “Response to Review of Pedalare, Pedalare. A History of Italian Cycling”

Response to Review no. 267

First of all I would like to thank Anna Bull for her detailed, wide-ranging and very useful review of my book, which also represents a stimulating call for deeper research on this complicated city. I was pleased with her interpretation of what I was trying to do with the volume, which corresponds largely with myContinue reading “Response to Review no. 267”

Review Article: Italian Fascism

Both these books have their origins in excellent PhD research theses, which have then been adapted into book form. Both books are highly original, well-written and well-organised. Moreover, both volumes are welcome additions to the extremely rich literature on Italian fascism, looking at areas which have previously been overlooked by historians and aiming at newContinue reading “Review Article: Italian Fascism”

Italy: a Short History

One of the most difficult, and under-rated, jobs undertaken by the historian is that of the synthesis. Text books covering long periods of historical time demand the exclusion of vast quantities of material. Traditional text books were also always intended to be readable, to be chronological and to go beyond the interest of the specialist,Continue reading “Italy: a Short History”