Alpine Statesman: Alcide de Gasperi and the Founding of the Italian Republic, 1945-1948
Presented by Dr. Steven White
Professor of History at Mount Saint Mary's University.
February 4, 2013
Over the last decade and a half the flamboyant, unscrupulous Silvio Berlusconi has endowed the post-Fascist Republic of Italy with a clear, if unsavory face. Can't Italians do better? They can--and have. The brilliant, pragmatic and quietly charismatic Alcide de Gasperi led Italy through the difficult years of post-war reconstruction, adoption of a republican government, and entry into the Atlantic Alliance. His tenure of service as prime minster stands second only to Berlusconi's.