Archivio Storico Italiano

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The Archivio Storico Italiano (abbreviated with the Sigle ASI) is the oldest Italian specialist journal for the historical sciences .


The Archivio Storico Italiano was created in 1842 on the initiative of Gian Pietro Vieusseux with the focus on Italian history, which continues to this day. After the founder's death, the Archivio became the organ of the Deputazione di storia patria per la Toscana from 1863 .

At the same time, the journal became the forum for teachers of the Istituto superiore di studi pratici di Firenze , above all Pasquale Villari , one of the most respected historians of the time, who was also President of the Deputazione . Initially, Cesare Paoli was director of the magazine, followed by Alberto Del Vecchio .

The groups considered to be "positivistic" and those with an economic and legal history were primarily represented here, with more space being given to the Middle Ages . The contributions mainly related to the more important cities of Tuscany . The historical contributions, which are often connected to national issues, focused very strongly on the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance .

Pasquale Villari, Cesare Paoli, Alberto Del Vecchio, Isidoro Del Lungo, Alessandro Gherardi and Gaetano Salvemini , Gioacchino Volpe , Niccolò Rodolico represented the top of the Italian guild of historians. At least in the form of reviews , the development of German-speaking Medieval Studies was followed.

Even after Paoli's death, Alberto Del Vecchio, Bernardino Barbadoro, then the Trias Barbadoro, Schiaparelli, Panella, and finally from 1935 Niccolò Rodolico continued the tradition. More space has now been given to more recent history.

With the focus on the Middle Ages, the magazine was temporarily sidelined, while the focus on Tuscany increased. The discovery and research of the merchant's archive left by Francesco Datini , who died in 1410 , and numerous publications penned by Armando Saporis shifted the focus back to economics from 1919 .

But after that the magazine fell back into a certain provinciality, which is shown by the fact that the important Italian historians did not publish in the ASI. Even Ernesto Sestan , who headed the Deputazione and the Archivio from 1969 to 1986, only published a treatise on the Podestà of Tuscany in 1935 that emerged from his dissertation .

The Tuscan focus led to the fact that numerous British contributions appeared here, because British research had a focus there. Nicolai Rubinstein's first work in 1935 was followed by contributions from Raymond de Roover , Gene Brucker , later Julius Kirshner , Anthony Molho , Rosalyn Pesman Cooper and others in the 1950s and 1960s .

Since 1998 there has also been an online edition of the ASI.

The allocation of the series and annual volumes is considered completely inadequate. From 1842 to 1934 the Archivio appeared in a total of seven series, of which the first extended to 1851, the second to 1862, the third to 1877, the fourth to 1887, the fifth to 1912, the sixth to 1922 and the seventh to 1934. In some cases, a differentiation was made into numbered annual volumes (anno), which in turn were divided into individual volumes, such as "1844, anno VII, II", which deals primarily with Venice. The year 1848, however, was canceled while the year counting continued. This complicated census was replaced in 1935 by a simpler one that began with Volume 93 (XCIII). In 2008 it extended to volume 166 (CLXVI). 2014/15 up to volume 172. Since 2017, private subscribers can only purchase the magazine in digital form. The latest edition appeared as "2020/2 n. 664 (a. 178)".


  • Ernesto Sestan , Gian Pietro Vieusseux: La Firenze di Vieusseux e di Capponi , Ed. G. Spadolini, Olschki, Florence 1986.
  • Ernesto Sestan: Lo stato maggiore del primo "Archivio storico italiano" (1841-1847) , La Firenze di Vieusseux e di Capponi, Ed. G. Spadolini, Florence: Olschki 1986.
  • Ilaria Porciani: L '"Archivio Storico Italiano". Organizzazione della ricerca ed egemonia moderata nel Risorgimento , Florence 1989.

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