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Enzo Traverso (1957) is Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities at Cornell University. He has taught in different countries and published many books, translated into a dozen languages, among which are Fire and Blood: The European Civil War (Verso, 2016) and Left-Wing Melancholia show more (Columbia University Press, 2017). show less

Includes the names: E. Traverso, Enzo Traverso

Works by Enzo Traverso

The End of Jewish Modernity (2013) 35 copies
Historia jako pole bitwy (2011) 30 copies

Associated Works

Modernity and the Holocaust (1984) — Postface, some editions — 448 copies
Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 105 copies

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Canonical name
Traverso, Enzo
Birthdate
1957-10-14
Gender
male
Nationality
Italy
Birthplace
Gavi, Piemont, Italy
Occupations
historian
university professor
Organizations
Cornell University

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Very helpful distillation of the present moment. Several brilliant chapters spent drawing distinctions between the various 20th century flavors of European fascism.

Another chapter contrasting Stalinism and Nazism is very well done.

It may be the case that fascism and totalitarianism as political definitions are spent, and we must find new logic and arguments for the present moment.

Traverso is confident we will.
 
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kcshankd | Apr 2, 2023 |
Traverso makes a few valuable, if overtly political and, at times, moralising, points about the traditionally liberal conceptions of the period under study. What I found most compelling was the investigation of the terms 'war' and 'peace', terms which, if their meaning and significance to the human being are to be captured, cannot be conceived of in such a narrow and legalistic sense as 'the organised conflict of state actors' and, coversely, the lack thereof. That, if nothing else, is certainly something to chew on. But if we were to situate this work within the discussion of whether history-writing ought to be a Rankean exercise in empiricism or, instead, the pursuit of a literary art form, we might leave both sides uncomfortable, for Traverso's engagement with primary sources is cursory and his writing is dry and boring. To be fair to him as an author, that latter may well be the fault of the translator. Traverso seems to have envisioned a grand synthesis with a generational approach to an otherwise familiar period, but the final product is really more provocative than it is compelling. These shortfalls might explain the choice of publisher in Verso Books.… (more)
 
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woj2000 | 2 other reviews | Mar 5, 2023 |
Predates the rise of Trumpism in the US, which tends to make one even melancholiar.

A discursive stroll through various Marxist writers, works, and trends. Most were unknown to me, but a reference to a CLR James work on Melville pushed me to track that down.
 
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kcshankd | Sep 11, 2021 |
"...una riuscita paradossale. Nell'intenzione dei suoi fondatori, il sionismo è nato per sottrarre definitivamente gli ebrei ai ghetti in cui l'Europa cristiana li aveva confinati e dove l'antisemitismo moderno aveva cercato di ricondurli. Israele vuole ora erigere le mura di un nuovo ghetto - al contempo metaforico e reale - in cui rinchiudere gli ebrei per proteggerli, separandoli ermeticamente dal mondo circostante".
 
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carben | Mar 24, 2020 |

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