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The spatiality of politics: Cesare Battisti’s regional and international thought, 1900-1916

Rosenboim, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-3764-2133 (2022). The spatiality of politics: Cesare Battisti’s regional and international thought, 1900-1916. Modern Intellectual History, 19(2), pp. 397-420. doi: 10.1017/s1479244321000159


The article concerns the conceptualization of political spaces in early twentieth century European political thought. The main figure is the Italian geographer and political thinker Cesare Battisti (1875-1916). Drawing on his geographical knowledge of his native region of Trentino, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Battisti envisioned an alternative political order in Central Europe. In a series of geographical surveys and political essays, he described his idea of the region as a meaningful political space, that could become an alternative to both empire and nation-state as part of a continental democratic federation. The article argues that through this new spatial conceptualization of region and federation, Battisti sought to reinterpret the political categories of authority and community. The article examines Battisti’s ideas in their historical and intellectual context, arguing that he offers original insights on the evolution of European international and regional thought in the twentieth century.

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Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DB Austria
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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