The Institute of History was set up in 1975 as a study center focusing on the contribution that Italy’s history had received from deprived areas, yet amalgamated by the local churches, also in comparison with Southern Italy. Soon after, it was its very founder, Gabriele De Rosa, who widened the scope of the research from the society of the Veneto region to the areas of Central and Eastern Europe, where, after the fall of the Soviet empire, social and religious history started off again. Since 2005 this research line has further expanded, including not only the Veneto region but also the so-called "Venezie", i.e. the entire Italian North-East as a single economic player having an impact on the former Soviet Europe and on global economy. Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan) has subsequently been included in the area of study. In 2017 the Institute becomes a Foundation, banking on this rich heritage, and pursuing its multiple research lines.
HISTORY OF THE "VENEZIE"
Project started in 2012 - For a deeper understanding of the Italian North-East, a "macro-region" characterized by a profound though composite unity: peoples, landscapes, great turning points of history, creativity. Go to the project
Project started in 2010 - History of abandoned children in Europe, from the Middle Ages to today.
Project started in 2003 - It explores Ukraine as a "hinge" connecting Eastern and Western Europe, and tries to include Ukraine's history in a wider, unitary perspective. It also promotes initiatives aimed at remembering the Ukrainian “famine” of 1932-33, a genocide remained in the shadows.
2009-13, project concluded - An international study exploring Kazakhstan's religion, history and society.Language: English - Project supported by Eni.
ALONG THE SILK ROAD: TURKMENISTAN
2014-15, project concluded - "Along the Silk Road. A country to be rediscovered: Turkmenistan" offers an extensive research on history sources and a rich cultural guide. Language: English - With Eni's support.
ARRANGING THE SPACES, REPRESENTING THE CITY
Project launched in 2014 - History of urban planning regulations in Vicenza, in collaboration with Eugenio Motterle’s Architecture Studio.
THE VENETO PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE "VENEZIE"
Giulio Lorenzoni, migrated to Brazil. Luigi Cazzavillan, migrated to Romania. Pietro Savorgnan di Brazzà, migrated to Central Africa.
VICENZA DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Project launched in 2014 - Research studies in the Archives of the Vicenza diocesan Curia, in the ecclesiastical literature (parish chronicles) and in popular writings.
IncontriAmo la Storia (Meeting with History)
Project started in 2014 - Following on "Read the times" and "Afternoons with History", "IncontriAmo la Storia"
presents short cycles of lectures held by experts on a single topic from different points of view.
History Meets Young People
Project launched in 2013 – Program for school students on historiography,
through a hands-on approach to the archives of San Rocco, Vicenza.
Leggere i Tempi (Read the times)
2007-2013, project concluded – "Read the times" inquired into the personalities and writings of great thinkers
from the 18th and 19th centuries, in order to investigate on our future by looking back at our past.
Afternoons with History
2008-2013, project concluded - Meetings open to discussion with the public, conducted by Giorgio Cracco
on topical issues about history and society.