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Italy's Twentieth-Century Heretics. Delio Cantimori in Luisa Mangoni's Research

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This essay deals with the relationship between Mangoni's historical research and the figure of Delio Cantimori, starting with the writing of "L'interventismo della cultura". In addition to focusing on the 1930s as a time of elaboration of Cantimori's political and historiographical approach, with the 1992 collection of his writings Mangoni undertook an investigation that reconstructed with great refinement Cantimori's role as reader of books and "organizer of culture" after the War, especially as advisor to the Einaudi publishing house. Part of the paper is devoted to Mangoni's judgments on this aspect of Cantimori's activity.

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