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Carlo Ginzburg

Italian historian

1939   -  

country of citizenship: Italy
educated at: University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore
occupation: art historian, writer, medievalist, historian of the modern age, historian, professor
award received: Balzan Prize, Viareggio Prize, Feltrinelli Prize, Aby Warburg Prize, Lysenko Prize, honorary doctorate of the Bordeaux Montaigne University

Carlo Ginzburg (Italian: [ˈkarlo ˈɡintsburɡ]; born April 15, 1939 in Turin, Italy) is a noted Italian historian and proponent of the field of microhistory. He is best known for Il formaggio e i vermi (1976, English title: The Cheese and the Worms), which examined the beliefs of an Italian heretic, Menocchio, from Montereale Valcellina. In 1966, he published The Night Battles, an examination of the benandanti visionary folk tradition found in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Friuli in northeastern Italy. He returned to looking at the visionary traditions of early modern Europe for his 1989 book Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath.
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