Rosario Romeo

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Romeo, Rosario


Born Oct. 11, 1924, in Giarre, Catania Province, Sicily. Italian liberal historian. Corresponding member of the National Academy of Lincei (1974).

Romeo is a professor at the University of Rome. In 1964 he became director of the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Italian History. He began his scholarly work at the Italian Institute of Historical Research in Naples. Initially, Romeo represented the neo-Crocean historical school, although he later changed his views; his strong interest in the study of socioeconomic problems was contrary to the traditional postulates of neo-Croceanism. Romeo’s works deal with modern Italian history, chiefly with the period of the Risorgimento.


Il risorgimento in Sicilia. Bari, 1970.
Risorgimento e capitalismo. Bari, 1970.
Breve storia della grande industria in Italia. Bologna, 1972.
Cavoureilsuo tempo (1810–1842). Bari, 1969.
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Nas Interpretazioni del Risorgimento, o grande livro (em tamanho e qualidade), de 1962, do historiador crociano Walter Maturi, nao so os escri tos de Gramsci nao recebiam nenhum destaque ou tratamento especial, mas tambem se criticavam as implicagoes de sua interpretacao do Risorgimento, bem como seu conceito de jacobinismo, e resumia-se a critica que o entao jovem historiador Rosario Romeo fizera, em 1956 e 1958 (reunidas em 1959 no livro Risorgimento e capitalismo), a historiografia marxista, em geral, e a Gramsci, em particular.
230) should be compared with the discussion of its numerous ramifications in a book which Rosario Romeo published over thirty years ago with the apt title Risorgimento e capitalismo (Bari, 1963).
Despite a long introductory chapter and three appendixes, the book provides little systematic treatment of long-term political and social processes and virtually no discussion of the large theoretical issues that have for so long provided a focus for discussions of the Italian case, Rosario Romeo is dismissed in a sentence, Antonio Gramsci gets only an oblique reference, and Alexander Gerschenkron is judged as innovative in his effort to work out an industrial index but ultimately misleading in endeavoring to place Italy within a comparative typology.