Guglielmo Ferrero (2739 words)


Guglielmo Ferrero was a sociologist, historian and novelist. His international notoriety is linked to his monumental Grandezza e decadenza di Roma [The Greatness and Decline of Rome] (1902-1907) and to his reflections on the theory of political legitimacy, which he questioned right up until the release of Pouvoir [The Principles of Power. The Great Political Crises of History], published the same year as his death.

Ferrero was born in Portici (Naples), where his father, who was a railway engineer originally from Piedmont, had been transferred. Ferrero first attended university in Pisa, then in Turin, where in 1889 he met Cesare Lombroso, whose daughter Gina he would marry, and later in Bologna.…

Citation: Tedesco, Luca. "Guglielmo Ferrero". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 July 2018 [, accessed 31 July 2021.]

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