International History and Politics
24 November 2020


PhD Candidate, Alessandro Ambrosino, reappeared on Italian national TV as the "young historian" in the cultural TV program Passato e Presente (Past and Present).

International History doctoral candidate Alessandro Ambrosino, was invited once again to take part in Passato e Presente (Past and Present), a television programme on the Italian channel RAI3.

Mr Ambrosino contributed his analysis as a 'young historian' in two episodes of the programme.

The first episode focused on the events that occurred towards the end of the Cold War. In particular, the episode sought to provide an in depth analysis on the role of Michail Gorbačēv and the perestroika, as well as the then emerging centrality of the United States of America to democracy and acceleration of globlisation. Mr Ambrosino highlighted how the thirty year transformation that occurred in the conceptualisation of the term "nation" has allowed for a more reflective evaluation on the symbolic value that nations play in today's complex world. This episode can be viewed here. 

The second episode was dedicated to Josip Broz Tito's Yugoslavia. Of particular focus was the rupture with Stalin in 1948, the emergence of Yugoslavia as leader of non-aligned countries and the economic performances of the "workers' self-management". Here, Mr Ambrosino discussed the centre-periphery fractures in 1970s Yugoslavia, where the differences between Slovenia and Croatia and the south of the country had begun to emerge, leading to a progressive distancing from Belgrade and to greater integration with Western systems through autonomous cross-border cooperation. This second episode can be viewed here.