Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy

Migrants, Exiles and Refugees Fleeing for Political and Racial Reasons - 2nd edition, revised and enlarged (1st ed. 2019-22)
  • Patrizia Guarnieri,

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy is a bilingual (IT/ EN), free access and in progress website that draws attention to the migration of intellectuals during Fascism. Italy is usually considered a land of poor and uneducated migrants. But during the twenty years of Fascism, especially after the anti-Jewish laws but even before, professionals, students and scholars, including foreigners, expatriated alone or with families for political and racial reasons to the Americas, England, Mandatory Palestine, Switzerland. It is a limited but important phenomenon of brain drain, which in the case of Italy has yet to be investigated. Who were the people who decided to leave in search of freedom, work, and then salvation, and what did they do? Their names and stories were cancelled. This work attempts to reconstruct their lives thanks to foreign archives, letters, scattered memories and hundreds of photos. What difficulties did they face in their host countries? How many of them returned? The stories speak of devastating losses to the detriment of the country, of responsibilities and injustices, but also of resources and talents of Italian culture, of commitment and determination. This 2nd edition contains some new features, improves consultation with research functions and, as regards content, it enhances family mobility from a generational and gender perspective.
The project was promoted by the University of Florence and has been supported by the Regione Toscana and by various institutes, with the sponsorship of the New York Public Library; Council for At-Risk Academics, London; J. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY; The Central Archives for the History of Jewish People, Jerusalem, UCEI and others.

  • Keywords:
  • displaced scholars,
  • Fascism,
  • intellectual migration,
  • Jews,
  • Gender,
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Patrizia Guarnieri

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6464-5591

Patrizia Guarnieri, the project’s director, is a full professor of contemporary history at the University of Florence. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard, a lecturer in the social history of science on the Overseas Program of Stanford University, CNR-NATO Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, London, Jean Monet Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute, and, most recently, M. Di Palermo McCauley Visiting Scholar at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY, New York, and Associate member of the Columbia Seminar for Studies in Modern Italy. Her books include Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism. From Florence to Jerusalem and New York (New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016), which received an award at the Edinburgh Gadda Prize 2019 (Cultural Studies).
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • eISBN: 979-12-215-0032-5
  • Content License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  • © 2023 Patrizia Guarnieri

  • Publication Year: 2023
  • eISBN: 979-12-215-0056-1
  • Content License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  • © 2023 Patrizia Guarnieri

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Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy

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Migrants, Exiles and Refugees Fleeing for Political and Racial Reasons - 2nd edition, revised and enlarged (1st ed. 2019-22)


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