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The Judge and the Historian: Marginal Notes on a Late 20th-Century Miscarriage of Justice

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A bomb, an anarchist’s ‘accidental death’, the murder of a police commissar, and the confession of a former member of Lotta Continua led to seven dubious court cases and a tale of political opportunism and dishonesty. Standing in the tradition of Emile Zola’s famous J’accuse polemic against the Dreyfus trial at the end of the nineteenth-century, the historian Carlo Ginzburg draws on his work on witchcraft trials in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries to dissect the weaknesses and contradictions of the ...
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Overview

A bomb, an anarchist’s ‘accidental death’, the murder of a police commissar, and the confession of a former member of Lotta Continua led to seven dubious court cases and a tale of political opportunism and dishonesty. Standing in the tradition of Emile Zola’s famous J’accuse polemic against the Dreyfus trial at the end of the nineteenth-century, the historian Carlo Ginzburg draws on his work on witchcraft trials in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries to dissect the weaknesses and contradictions of the state’s case in this late-twentieth-century political show-trial and reflects more generally on the similarities and differences between the roles of the historian and the judge.
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Bomb
“In the tradition of Ginzburg's work as a narrative historian, sculpting story-like shapes out of ancient and unexamined pasts, he offers the reader the evidence, giving the public the tools to examine this modern ongoing history.”
Choice
“In its brilliance and force, Ginzburg's attack on magisterial malfeasance equals the war of Emile Zola one hundred years ago.”
Financial Times
“Italy's foremost historian, Carlo Ginzburg – and the publication of his book – has rocked the foundations of the Italian legal system ... Ginzburg is the type of historian who revels in detective work ... he has sleuthed and deduced with tenacity and the finely tuned sensory apparatus of a bloodhound.”
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“In the tradition of Ginzburg’s work as a narrative historian, sculpting story-like shapes out of ancient and unexamined pasts, he offers the reader the evidence, giving the public the tools to examine this modern ongoing history.”—Bomb

“In its brilliance and force, Ginzburg’s attack on magisterial malfeasance equals the war of Emile Zola one hundred years ago.”—Choice

“Italy’s foremost historian, Carlo Ginzburg—and the publication of his book—has rocked the foundations of the Italian legal system ... Ginzburg is the type of historian who revels in detective work ... he has sleuthed and deduced with tenacity and the finely tuned sensory apparatus of a bloodhound.”—Financial Times

Financial Times
Italy's foremost historian—and the publication of his book—has rocked the foundations of the Italian legal system.
Choice
In its brilliance and force, Ginzburg's attack on magisterial malfeasance equals the war of Zola 100 years ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859843710
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/17/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlo Ginzburg was born in Turin and now teaches at UCLA. He is the author of The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of the Sixteenth-Century Miller, Ecstasies: Deciphering the WitchesSabbath and The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
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