Italy and Australia: An Asymmetrical Relationship -- Gianfranco Cresciani and Bruno Mascitelli

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“…the essays assembled in this volume edited by my old friend and first student, Gianfranco Cresciani, and by Bruno Mascitelli of Swinburne University in Melbourne. All the essays are in some sense focused on what some contemporaries might think is ‘old fashioned political history’; there is no mention of emotions, food or dance. 
The themes are significant. The research is serious. Archives have been probed and detail from them is made available that was not public before. Australia and Italy may be quite a long way apart in 2013 and the gap between them may be increasing. Nonetheless they share quite a bit of history. Important aspects of it are recovered in this collection of essays. It is as much a part of Australian history as is more familiar tales about ‘resistance’ on the frontier, the growth of mining or the spread of ‘Meals on Wheels’ across the nation”.
-- Professor Richard Bosworth

Gianfranco Cresciani
 was born in Trieste, Italy and emigrated to Australia in 1962. He worked for Electric Power Transmission Pty Ltd, the Ethnic Affairs Commission and the Ministry for the Arts of the NSW Government. In 1989 and 1994 he was a member of the Australian Delegation re-negotiating with the Italian Government the Italo-Australian Cultural Agreement. Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales in 2005. In 2004 the Italian Government awarded him the honour of Cavaliere Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito. Member of the Scientific Committee of the journal Altreitalie, published by the Centro Altreitalie, Turin, Italy. He has researched the history of Italian migration to Australia since 1971, and is the author of many books, articles, exhibitions, radio and television programs and web sites in Australia and Italy.

Dr. Bruno Mascitelli
 is an Associate Professor in International Studies at the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining Swinburne University, Bruno was employed by the Australian Consulate in Milan for 18 years. He has published in areas related to Expatriate voting in Italy, The History of the Italian newspaper in Australia: Il Globo (Connor Court) and An Introduction to the Italian economy.  

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