Franco Venturi

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Venturi, Franco


Born May 16, 1914, in Rome. Italian historian. Professor at the University of Turin and director of the Institute for the History of the Risorgimento at Turin University.

In 1933, Venturi was sentenced to 18 years in prison for organizing a student antifascist manifestation in Turin. He fled to France. During World War II, in 1943—45 he was one of the organizers of the partisan movement in the Piedmont. Venturi is known as a historian of the European Enlightenment movement in the 18th century, particularly in France and Italy, and of the revolutionary and democratic movement in Italy, France, and Russia in the 19th century. His work on Russian Narodnichestvo (Populism), which he views as part of the general European revolutionary and socialist movement, is the most important non-Russian work on the subject .


Il populismo russo, vols. 1-2. [Turin] 1952.
Il moto decabrista’ e i fratelli Poggio. [Turin] 1956.
Esuli russi in Piemonte dopo il ’48. [Turin] 1959.
Settecento riformatore. [Turin] 1969.


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(10) See, for example, Franco Venturi, The End of the Old Regime in Europe, 1768-1776: The First Crisis, trans.
Mas nao a historiografia do Risorgimento, e isto, pode-se sustentar, tanto gracas a Gramsci e ao nutrido grupo de historiadores que passou a se inspirar nos seus escritos e sugestoes (ja se observou que, se nao se pode talar na existencia de filosofos ou de criticos literarios gramscianos, pode-se falar em historiadores gramscianos), quanto gracas a historiadores como Franco Venturi (1904-1994, integrante do Partido d' Azione, durante a Resistencia) e Gaetano Salvemini (1873-1957), una dos fundadores do movimento Giustizia e Liberta, em 1929.
Anderson, Paul Schroeder, and Franco Venturi, who have touched on this subject in works of broader thematic scope.
248) is characterized as a "Florentine patrician," whereas he was born in Pisa and had little relationship with the wealthy Florentine patrician "Galilei." Although the context for the Italian Enlightenment is discussed, and some Enlightenment figures are fitted into the eighteenth-century reform movements, there is little discussion of the content of Enlightenment thought, despite the many volumes that Franco Venturi (who gets one slighting footnote) devoted to this subject.
Confino's studies on the Russian intelligentsia were dose to those of Franco Venturi, to whom he was personally and intellectually connected.
(8) Confino recently wrote on Venturi in "Introduzione: La Russia di Franco Venturi," in Franco Venturi e la Russia, ed.
This willful ignoring of the practical application of enlightened principles demands, not surprisingly, a failure even to cite the foremost historian of the European Enlightenment right into the 1980s, Franco Venturi. His five volume, Settecento riformatore (with English translation) merits not a footnote.
There are many remarkable features in Franco Venturi's historical work on Russia and in his attitude toward its people.
Like a number of historians of his generation and of a younger one like mine, Franco Venturi (1914-94) did not come to the practice of history and to the professorial chair at the university after quiet and undisturbed years of study along the traditional and uneventful cursus honorum of higher learning and students' pastimes?
Franco Venturi's scholarly accomplishments justify this existential choice of his.
On this account Norberto Bobbio wrote about Franco Venturi: "I used to tell him jokingly that in the length of time it took me to write an essay of 20 pages, he would send me in affectionate homage a volume of 500." (6) Indeed, many of us, friends and colleagues of his, have often had the same feeling of respect and amazement in out exchange of publications with Franco: for a modest monograph or an offprint of an article of ours he would reciprocate by sending a "volumetto" (a "little" volume) of several hundred pages of dense prose that opened worlds unknown to the most learned of us.