Author Archives: Victoria de Grazia

About Victoria de Grazia

Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University, writes on contemporary history, with long-standing commitments to studying Western Europe and Italy from a gendered perspective and to developing a global perspective on commercial revolutions. Her publications include Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance through Twentieth Century Europe (Harvard University Press, 2005); How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922–1945 (University of California Press, 1992); The Culture of Consent: Mass Organization of Leisure in Fascist Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1981); and, as editor, The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective (University of California Press, 1996). She is currently writing a book about intimacy and power in Fascist Italy.

Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences: A Memorial Roundtable

Introduction Michele Alacevich Albert O. Hirschman died on December 10, 2012, after a long, eventful, and at times truly adventurous life. Born in 1915 Berlin as Otto Albert Hirschmann, he belonged to the last generation of upper-crust, assimilated Jews in democratic interwar Germany. As a young social democrat, he observed with increasing concern the polarization of the political life in postwar Germany before the collapse of the Weimar Republic. When Adolf Hitler seized power in 1933, seventeen-year-old Hirschman went to Paris and did not return Continue reading →