Carlo Morandi e l’identità storica dell’Europa
Carlo Morandi and the historical identity of Europe
Parole chiave:Carlo Morandi, Europe, fascism, European history, European federalism
Carlo Morandi was one of the most brilliant students of the Regio Istituto Storico in modern and contemporary studies, which between the inter-War period had been directed by Gioacchino Volpe. Morandi, who passed away prematurely in 1950 was active in the field of studies for the whole period of the fascist dictatorship and for the fiveyear period of the new Italian Republic. His projection as man and academic is representative, in many ways, of the transition, from fascism to democracy, of many intellectuals active during the fascist regime. In Morandi’s case, however, his interest in an historic and political identity of the European continent appears to constitute, more than all his other interests put together, the barometer of the intellectual and political evolution of the historian. From his articles in the Bottai journal Primato in which he evokes a role for Italy in the “new European order” worthy of the status of a great Mediterranean power raising awareness, after the fall of the regime, of the needs of individual nation states to voluntarily unite in a project for a European union.