Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and “The New Europe” from an Italian Viewpoint

Review article / The text by Milan Scholz (published in Střed/Centre, 1/2023, p. 94-106) deals with the new updated Italian edition of T. G. Masaryk’s book “The New Europe”. In addition to the annotated translation of Masaryk’s text, the volume contains two introductory studies (by the Czech historian Koloman Gajan and by Francesco Leoncini as the editor of the volume), Leoncini’s essayistic epilogue, the chronological overview of Masaryk’s life and the bibliography of works on Masaryk and Czech issues in Italian. Moreover, the appendices include the text of Benedetto Croce’s lecture “Italy and the Czech Lands” and Leoncini’s paper“T. G. Masaryk and Italy”. The review article analyzes especially three key topics depicted in the book – Masaryk’s relation to Italy, the interpretation of Masaryk’s thought as an analogy to Mazzini’s visions, and the question of Masaryk’s legacy for (Central) Europe in the 21st century as it is viewed by Leoncini from the external Italian perspective.

SCHOLZ, Milan: Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk a Nová Evropa z italského pohledu [Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and ‘The New Europe’ from an Italian Viewpoint]. In: Střed/Centre. Časopis pro mezioborová studia střední Evropy 19. a 20. století /Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies of Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries, vol. 15, 1/2023, p. 94-106.

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