By Spencer M. Discala
After a century of participation within the political tradition of Europe, the Italian Socialist party―damaged through corruption and payoff scandals―is all yet defunct. This choice of unique essays at the heritage and situation of Italian socialism celebrates its achievements and analyzes its downfall. The chapters hint the Italian Socialist social gathering from its delivery within the overdue 19th century, in the course of the main issue because of Italian Fascism, into the risky global of postwar democracy. Authors contain American and Italian students and Italian political individuals and commentators who accumulated at the one hundredth anniversary of the party's delivery, simply because the scandals have been breaking that may bring about its dissolution. The e-book contributes to the continuing dialogue concerning the "death of the Left" and may be a precious addition to the literature on smooth Italian historical past.
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Both participants and audience remarked upon the architectural beauty of the center and on its stunning natural setting. I thank the library staff, in particular, Sheldon Stern, historian, and John Stewart, director of education, for their kind help in facilitating the smooth running of the conference and for arranging a tour of the library for our guests. The Consulate General of Italy in Boston was an additional co-sponsor. I received the utmost cooperation from Consul General Roberto Falaschi, who was always steady and gracious in his support for the project but magnificent in resolving several crises that, mercifully unbeknown to the participants, loomed menacingly even as they prepared to board airplanes for their journeys to Boston.
Many individuals made very generous contributions of a different kind. In Italy, Professor Antonio Landolfi was active in keeping contact with persons connected with the conference, listened patiently to my telephoned entreaties, and intervened at strategic times. Professor Luciano Pellicani, editor of Mondoperaio, put the review's facilities at my disposal. His staff translated most of the Italian papers into English and handled many other details on the Italian end. I also thank the Honorable Gino Giugni, who agreed to join us and to give a paper on practically a moment's notice and who flew to Boston for one day in order to participate in meetings; he undertook this task despite his crucial role in trying to resolve his county's crisis.
The burden of planning the details of the conference fell upon John Hughes, director of Professional Training Programs of the University's Division of Continuing Education. For a period of three years and the solution of numerous crises that escalated dramatically as the date for the symposium approached, I exploited the expertise of Jack and his staff. Their Page x competence in attending to myriad practical aspects of scheduling a conference of this complexityfrom travel to coffee, from hotel to taxiswas matched by their grace under the enormous pressure of doing the job along with their other commitments.