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In questo momento di particolare attenzione alla politica in Italia, il ricordo di personalità come Camillo Benso di Cavour e di quanti hanno lasciato un’orma indelebile nella storia e nella cultura della nazione può diventare memoria e stimolo per una leale partecipazione individuale e sociale. “Una delle intelligenze … - LEGGI TUTTO

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L'ITALIA NELLA STORIA

* 23 ottobre 1863: Quintino Sella fonda il CAI, Club Alpino Italiano.

* 23 ottobre 1867 – Scontro di Villa Glori con 76 volontari italiani sconfitti da 300 Carabinieri svizzeri dell'esercito pontificio.

* 23 ottobre 1942: inizia la seconda battaglia di El Alamein, in Egitto, tra le forze italiane e dell’Asse e l’esercito britannico.

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I pescatori di balene

di Emilio Salgari

(Verona 1862-1911)

La notte del 24 agosto 1864, una nave correva bordate, a tutte vele sciolte, a centotrenta miglia a sud delle Aleutine, lunga catena di isole che si estende dinanzi al mare di Behring fra le coste dell’America e dell’Asia. Era un magnifico veliero di oltre quattrocentoventi tonnellate, attrezzato a «barco», colla prua tagliata quasi ad angolo retto e munita di un solido sperone di acciaio, i fianchi piuttosto larghi e difesi da lamine di rame di notevole spessore. Alta era la sua alberatura, con uno sviluppo grandissimo di vele; libera quasi del tutto la sua coperta, ma untuosa e sdrucciolevole, senza cassero e senza castello …

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The long history of Italy winds through splendours and decadence. The name Italy is used initially in the sixth century BC to indicate the area corresponding to today's southern Calabria. In the following century the historian Antiochus of Syracuse wrote an essay on Italy, which in the fourth century includes the current southern regions south of Paestum. At the beginning of the III century BC it also includes Campania and after the First Punic War it reaches the Arno and Esino rivers between Tuscany and the Marches…

In the days of Augustus geographically and politically it was similar to that of today. In 27 BC the first Roman emperor divided Italy into eleven regions Sicily and Sardinia were external provinces like the rest of the empire. Precise borders were fixed and in the territory of the current Principality of Monaco the Romans built the Turbia Trophy with the inscription: Huc usque Italy, abhinc Gallia (So far Italy, hence the Gaul).
Italy is described by Pliny the Elder in the third book of the Naturalis Historia (77 AD), where the geographical extension was affirmed from the seas to the Alps, with the final statement: "This is Italy sacred to the gods".

An official recognition of Italy, which also included Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, occurred in 292, when the Italic Diocese was established by the emperor Diocletian. When the Roman Empire fell (476), Odoacre declared himself King of Italy, a title that then passed to the Ostrogoth Theodoric when he dismissed Odoacre (493). In the 6th century the Byzantine emperor Justinian reconquered Italy, which he considered not a province, but the "lady of the provinces" ("domina provinciarum").
The territorial unity was broken with the arrival of the Lombards (568), who placed the capital in Pavia, while the capital of the Byzantines was in Ravenna. Between the seventh and tenth centuries the name Italy was limited to a part of the traditional territory and in the south there was the Duchy of Italy, which then became the Duchy of Benevento, while in Piedmont there was the Marca of Italy.
The birth of the Holy Roman Empire, with Charlemagne (800), led to an organization of the imperial territories that also included the Kingdom of Italy. The decadence of the Christian empire led to the reduction of the territory to Germany and central-northern Italy. The Northern Municipalities rebelled against the German emperor and, helped by the Pope and Sicily, defeated Federico Barbarossa. The autonomy claimed by many cities led to the affirmation of free Municipalities and Maritime Republics. The last splendours of the Empire were with Frederick II, who became King of Italy and Sicily, supported the arts and encouraged the birth of the first Italian literature with the Sicilian School.
At the time of Dante Alighieri Italy, in addition to the territorial significance, acquired a cultural and linguistic meaning; in the following centuries the historical and geographical individuality of Italy progressively became established and the anxiety of political unity emerged. From the fourteenth century the Italian language gradually spread and replaced Latin as the official language of the various Italian states. Italian pride emerged in many historical events, such as the Challenge of Barletta in 1503: thirteen Italian knights challenged thirteen French knights who had denigrated Italians.
In the seventeenth century Italy was in a phase of decline with the Spanish domination, which was followed by the Austrian domination. In the eighteenth century the project of a political unity of Italy was relaunched and at the end of the century the first signs of the Risorgimento appeared. In 1797 in Reggio Emilia, in the Cispadana Republic created by Napoleone, the tricolor flag was adopted and then became the flag of Italy. The Roman Republic (1798) and the Neapolitan Republic (1799) also are considered among the first signs of the Risorgimento.
The birth of the Italian State was anticipated in the Napoleonic period by the Italian Republic (1802) and the Kingdom of Italy (1805-1814). The Risorgimento epic, with great passions, revolutionary movements and wars of independence, led to the birth of the Kingdom of Italy March 17, 1861: the capital became Turin, Vittorio Emanuele II was proclaimed king of Italy.
Veneto returned to Italy after the third War of Independence (1866); Rome and Lazio joined the new state in 1870 and the following year Rome became the capital; Trentino, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Istria and Fiume became part of the Kingdom of Italy after the First world war. The defeat in the Second World War resulted in the loss of Istria and Dalmatia and triggered the persecution of Italians by the former Yugoslavia with the tragedy of the sinkholes. The territorial affair ended in 1954 with the return of Trieste to Italy. (Felice d’Adamo)

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Una comunità di ventisette Stati con quasi 500 milioni di abitanti: questa è l'Unione Europea. Il nucleo originario dei sei Paesi che hanno dato vita alla nuova Europa si è progressivamente ampliato fino a comprendere gli attuali ventisette Paesi. Con la Brexit la Gran Bretagna ha lasciato la UE, ma diversi stati ... - LEGGI TUTTO

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«Non conosco nessun altro segno di superiorità nell’uomo che quello di essere gentile». (Ludwig van Beethoven, compositore e direttore d’orchestra, Bonn-Germania 1770-1827)

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Il Maestro e Margherita

di Michail Bulgakov

(Ucraina 1891-1940)

Allora la luna diventa tempestosa, getta fiumane di luce su Ivan, spruzza la luce in ogni direzione, la stanza si inonda di luce lunare, la luce oscilla, si alza più in alto, sommerge il letto. Ed è allora che Ivan Nicolaevič dorme col volto felice.

Al mattino si sveglia taciturno, ma completamente tranquillo e rimesso. La sua martoriata memoria si placa, e fino al prossimo plenilunio nessuno inquieterà il professore: né l’assassino col naso infossato di Hesta, né il feroce quinto procuratore della Giudea, il cavaliere Ponzio Pilato.

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