The Italian Histories Project

Italian History is not a monolithic thing;

To understand the whole, you have to understand the parts.

Hello, I’m Jordan, and Italian Histories is a product of my passion for all things Italian, and my proclivity to read lots of books, because books are more affordable than international travel.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved Italy. It is easy to love – a place rich in history, food, and wonderful people – and even when its people have been forced to leave, that love has endured. As the grandson of a first-generation Italian-American, I learned first to love Italy through traditions and food, and then her expansive history and world-shaping cultural contributions. When I moved to Italy in 2002 and really fell in love with the people, the food, the way of life. But as I moved around Italy, and made friends with Italians from other regions, I realized that Italian history isn’t a simple thing – the same forces did not shape each of the regions, and those different historical experiences have greatly influenced how the peoples of Italy define themselves – Italians always identify first with their region, and then with the nation. I’ve been exploring these historical threads on and off for the better part of twenty years now, and I look forward to exploring them with you through the podcast.

Rough Outline of the Seasons:

  1. Venice
  2. Sicily
  3. Florence (Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Modena)
  4. Naples (Magna Grecia and Puglia)
  5. Milan
  6. Papal States
  7. Savoy and Piedmonte
  8. Republic of Italy

If you have any questions you’d like to explore on the podcast, send them my way here.

If you’d like to support the podcast, I’d be immensely grateful. I promise to spend lavishly on books and Italian villas…in that order.

Meet your host

Jordan has a Ph.D. in political philosophy, and an M.A. in American Government from Claremont Graduate University. He lived in Italy from 2002-2004 and would love to do so again. He currently lives with his wife and five kids on a farm in NE Ohio where he makes bread, cheese, and cured meats and stays up past his bedtime to podcast.