Bibliographic Information on Contemporary Italian History

Online Database of Bibliographic Information since 1999

The Bibliographic Information on Contemporary Italian History is one of the services the German Historical Institute (DHI) in Rome offers the international scientific community. It comprises new Italian publications on 19th, 20th and 21st century history. Founded by Jens Petersen in 1974 and distributed in print format by the Gruppo di studio per la storia contemporanea italiana – Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die neueste Geschichte Italiens, since  ...   


Der Dienstkalender Benito Mussolinis, 1923–1943

Digitale Edition

Der Arbeitstag Benito Mussolinis lässt sich dank der täglichen Kalenderblätter rekonstruieren, die in den staatlichen Archiven Italiens für die Zeit seiner Regierung fast komplett erhalten sind und die sowohl die Einzelpersonen oder Gruppen auflisten, die jeden Tag in Audienz zu Mussolini vorgelassen wurden, als auch die Institutionen, deren Repräsentanten täglich zum Rapport gerufen wurden. Dieses Material befindet  ...   


Digital Library Duilio Susmel

Newspaper Holdings on Fascism in Italy

The Duilio Susmel library (monographs, "grey literature" and newspapers, as well as an extensive collection of newspaper cuttings) was acquired by the German Historical Institute in 1976. The archival legacy of the Italian journalist and contemporary historian is preserved as "Fondo Duilio Susmel" at the Centro Studi e Documentazione sul Periodo Storico della Repubblica Sociale Italiana in Salò. The private Susmel library  ...   


Ferdinand Gregorovius: Poetry and Science

Ferdinand Gregorovius, Foto: Fratelli D'Alessandri, Roma (nach Recueil. Personnages politiques, ministres, écrivans, musiciens, peintres). Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)

Collected German and Italian Letters

Ferdinand Gregorovius lived in Rome for more than 20 years, where he wrote his main work, the Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter, which in 1876 made him an honorary citizen of Rome. In addition to his historiographical and literary oeuvre he has left several thousand letters in which he, a contemporary witness, sheds light on Italian and German history of science as well as on politics and culture of the 19th century. On the basis of  ...   


Ludwig I of Bavaria and Johann Martin von Wagner

The correspondence

The correspondence between King Ludwig I of Bavaria and his agent in Rome, Johann Martin von Wagner, contains around 1,470 handwritten letters. This constitutes an excellent source for both the rediscovery of the classical era and the transition from idealism and classicism to romanticism and historicism in the history of art in Germany. In addition, it makes it possible to retrace the history of the planning and creation of Ludwig's extensive  ...   


Presence of German Military Units in Italy 1943–1945

Edited by Carlo Gentile on behalf of the DHI Rom

The war of extermination, which the German Reich led between 1939 and 1945, has been intensely debated for years, yet a thorough study on the warfare by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS in Italy remains a research desideratum. The exact number and distribution of German units are as unknown as the circumstances of the dead and wounded in action at the front or in the partisan war. Memoirs and reports in official war logs have frequently been  ...   


Robert Davidsohn

Wartime Memories

The Wartime Memories of the journalist and historian Robert Davidsohn (1853‒1937), well-known for his monumental History of Florence in 4 volumes, constitute a multi-faceted report on the First World War. The diary-like entries were written between December 1914 and January 1919, while Robert Davidsohn and his wife were living in Munch following the outbreak of the war and where they stayed until it ended. First and foremost, the wartime  ...