As one of H-Italy’s book review editors, I commissioned the review of Filippo Focardi’s "Nel cantiere della memoria" to Richard Bosworth, a review that is now published above. Focardi would like to reply to Bosworth’s comments and I am glad to provide him the opportunity. Following his text that I translated in English as by Focardi’s request:
A book’s author does not usually expect his reviews’ benevolence, rather a full and scrupulous reading of his/her own works. Doubtless, Richard Bosworth read carefully and incisively my book. I thank him very much for his time. Yet, his reading lacks completeness. Likely pushed by his willingness to take into account the Cantiere della Memoria’s contents, he failed to take note of the book’s subtitle: fascism, resistance, Shoah, foibe. The volume is focused on these topics, especially looking at their impact upon Italy’s memory and public debate.
Colonialism was not intended to be part of the book itself. I think to deal with fascism, resistance, Shoah, foibe does not unearth any provincialism by Italian historians, as my book’s renowned reviewer seems to indicate. I do share his idea that it is important to deal with Italian colonialism’s memory. I am happy to do it in my future studies and I will take into account his precious bibliographical advices. However, my book focuses on other topics, which are – I believe – as important as the topic of colonialism. Or maybe I am simply too provincial, please pardon me.