Gian Enrico Rusconi (Meda, 1938) is a historian, political scientist and professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Turin, Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and Gastprofessor at the Freie Universitat in the German capital. He holds a degree in Philosophy and started teaching in 1968 in Trento, before moving to Turin in '75. He has spent long research periods in Germany and is unanimously recognised as one of the greatest Italian scholars of German society from the early twentieth century to the present day. He has researched the topic from both a political and historical point of view as well as in the many ramification of its cultural life and schools of thought. In virtue of his studies, in 1997, he was awarded the Goethe-Medaille from the Goethe-Institut. He has also written important works on the first world war, on secularisation, and on the role of the Church and religions in the public debate. His most recent book is "La teologia narrativa di Papa Francesco" (Laterza, 2017). From 2005 to 2010, he directed the Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento. He regularly collaborated with "La Stampa" and the magazine "il Mulino".
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