Europe's historic regions make the real history of Europe. Yet in the great syntheses as in the manuals, an abstract idea of the European past is proposed, made up of past, made up of places, events and characters taken for granted, in a narrative far removed from the from territorial realities. This volume starts from the assumption that Italy and the Balkans are two recognizable historical European regions. The latter is now codified as such; the former, Italy, is still conceived according to a national historical canon, less as a territoriality itself in Europe, and even less as the center of the Mediterranean. The geographical proximity between Italy and the Balkans is at the basis of a historical proximity that has not yet been considered by historiography and that is discussed here. not yet considered by historiography and that is proposed here both as an object of study and as an alternative way of reading the history of Europe.
Basciani, A., Ivetic, E. (2021). Italia e Balcani. Storia di una prossimità. Bologna : Il Mulino.