Pretty impartial

October 25, 2002

Stephen Gundle (Letters, THES , October 18) perversely misreads my review of Paul Ginsborg's Italy and its Discontents (Books, THES , September ) as a personal attack on Ginsborg. He fails to understand that prettifying Berlusconi and clientelism does not imply Ginsborg's support for either, but reflects a practice by historians of observing arbitrary limits to discourse, sparing cross-party politics and society from embarrassing truths. Precision and documentation do not guarantee a true overall picture and may, as in Gundle's case, impede perception of a false one.

Domenico Pacitti
University of Pisa

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments