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Featured Collection: 1990s Italy

Italy went through a number of major transformations in the 1990s beginning with a series of major corruption scandals and economic reforms. People from all across Italy, from all sections of society share their experiences of this important time.

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The day Berlusconi arrived in our mailbox: 44.316842, 9.319982
‘Tangentopoli’ didn’t break our optimism: 41.902783, 12.496366
Italy tried to reinvent itself: 41.902783, 12.496366
“If they can kill him, there is no hope”: 45.668555, 13.104086
When the first Balkan refugees arrived in our class: 45.668555, 13.104086
“The strangest little parties appeared everywhere”: 45.668555, 13.104086
Naples was a laboratory for “Bribesville” Italy: 40.786780, 14.433289
A major blow: Maradona’s departure from Napoli in 1992: 40.851775, 14.268124
Former Communist leaders in the 1990s: 40.857155, 14.216341
Suddenly the bourgeoisie didn’t have a party: 46.140797, 13.166290
The “Second Republic” is more corrupt than the First: 46.140797, 13.166290
Literature not at its best: 90s Italy: 46.140797, 13.166290
We had no idea how big the changes were: 46.140797, 13.166290
“Italy was the most capitalistic country in the USSR”: 39.223902, 9.122095
Discovering secret anti-Soviet guerrillas: 39.223902, 9.122095
Berlusconi brought back the old system: 39.223902, 9.122095
Sardinian politicians didn’t feel the pain: 39.223902, 9.122095
“Bribesville” explained to kids: 43.722831, 10.401719
The World Cup introduced me to politics: 43.722831, 10.401719
The rise of Pisa’s professors after scandal: 43.722831, 10.401719
Italian cultural relativism and its consequences: 38.115688, 13.361267
Corruption then and now: 38.115688, 13.361267
The media coverage was relentless: 41.871940, 12.567380
Berlusconi didn\'t invent anything: 41.871940, 12.567380
When “taking the field” meant something else: 41.871940, 12.567380
The student movement: breaking free of the 5 parties: 41.871940, 12.567380
We had bigger issues at the time: 39.223902, 9.122095
We didn’t take advantage of the “magic moment”: 42.006448, 12.741394
Freddie Mercury’s death: 45.070339, 7.686864
\'I was shocked by how infuriated she was\': 45.070339, 7.686864
“Non è la RAI” was the opposite of reality: 45.070339, 7.686864
Watching my home in crisis…from Germany: 50.802173, 8.766793
They were corrupt, but better respected: 41.755434, 12.305374
The internet changed activism: 41.871940, 12.567380
Communism after the fall of Communism: 41.871940, 12.567380
An Italian student in 1990s Germany: 50.802173, 8.766793
Why couldn’t they protect Borsellino?: 38.115688, 13.361267
Reforms were doomed by media attention: 41.902783, 12.496366
Science discoveries of the 90s: 41.871940, 12.567380
The parody focused on Di Pietro: 45.659677, 10.385672
Disappointing Palermo\'s honest citizens: 38.115688, 13.361267
Berlusconi framed in close-up on TV: 43.771051, 11.248621
Bribery as understood by a child: 43.771051, 11.248621
TV programs started to be more politicized: 43.771051, 11.248621
New politics and the fear of the unknown: 43.771051, 11.248621
I wanted to join the debate: 43.771051, 11.248621
We had a think tank in the men’s bathroom: 44.494887, 11.342616
The entire Italian public became prosecutors: 45.070339, 7.686864
Music of the early 90s: it was a fun time: 45.070339, 7.686864
Politics has been destoyed by financial powers: 41.902783, 12.496366
After the collapse of the parties: 41.902783, 12.496366
Political \'surgery\' excluded Communists: 41.902783, 12.496366
Politics: \'Sometimes your hands get dirty\': 45.486280, 9.216723
The Italian judiciary was strongly politicized: 40.851798, 14.268120
Politics was part of my family: 41.902783, 12.496366
For Italy, Europe will be \'a limbo or a nightmare\': 36.407257, 10.622471
Stefania Craxi: the cruel side of politics: 41.902783, 12.496366
Berlusconi and Craxi: they shared the same enemies: 41.964842, 12.779009
With those bribes you could build a whole city: 43.548473, 10.310567
The Tangentopoli suicides: 45.465422, 9.185924
Tangentopoli-level bribery impossible today: 43.548473, 10.310567
Livorno since the early 1990s: 43.548473, 10.310567
Italy is tired after multiple crises: 43.548473, 10.310567
The story of Primo Greganti: 45.070339, 7.686864
Tangentopoli shaped my political thinking: 42.853604, 13.574944
Hits of 1990s Italy: 45.465422, 9.185924
1996-1998: years of enthusiasm: 41.902783, 12.496366
Italian football thrives when nation suffers: 42.853604, 13.574944
He ran to defend his interests: 42.853604, 13.574944
The “Eurotax” in 1996: 42.853604, 13.574944
Berlusconi joked while Agnelli spoke English with Kissinger: 40.851775, 14.268124
Suddenly everyone wanted to study law: 45.465422, 9.185924
Foreign journalists were shocked by how quickly it moved forward: 45.465422, 9.185924
“The atmosphere was like Vietnam”: 45.465422, 9.185924
Milan was the music capital of Italy: 45.465422, 9.185924
Italian vs foreign journalists: 45.465422, 9.185924
“I remember a squalid press room”: 45.465422, 9.185924
Listening to cassettes: 45.070339, 7.686864
Images of the destroyed highway: 45.063299, 7.669289
Childhood games in 90s Italy: 45.070339, 7.686864
The ‘First Republic’ needed to collapse: 41.891352, 12.489653
Communists hadn’t evolved ideologically: 41.910964, 12.477036
A famous journalist was made minister: 41.908920, 12.479782
He said to Berlusconi,” We can win, and this is how”: 41.914541, 12.475662
He was truly independent from party meddling: 41.906876, 12.482529
He was afraid to be caught in error: 41.905343, 12.482529
A ministerial crash course in the arts: 41.913519, 12.477722
The foresight of Lucio Colletti: 41.908409, 12.474976
Ministers were considered transitory figures: 45.465422, 9.185924
Ronchey’s Law for musuems: 41.907898, 12.486649
In the beginning it was a political revolution: 45.533420, 12.643850
There wasn’t so much alcohol: 45.533420, 12.643850
Only long-lived Italian government was Berlusconi’s: 45.465422, 9.185924
Leaders failed to define what Europe is to Italians: 45.533420, 12.643850
Friendship between three powerful leaders: 45.533420, 12.643850
“Vasco is unique”: 45.533420, 12.643850
The promise and the reality of the Euro: 45.533420, 12.643850
Swapping the brown suit for a fresh white shirt: 45.533420, 12.643850
90s were best years for Italian football: 46.499928, 11.355743
Italian kids lived for Holly & Benji: 46.498276, 11.354785
Bolzano is different politically from rest of Italy: 46.508790, 11.337204
“We had no video games”: 46.498276, 11.354785
In a wider world Italy got totally lost: 41.871940, 12.567380
Satire and the present: 42.938004, 12.621621
Italy was once vibrant, now it is populated by zombies: 41.871940, 12.567380
The censorship of satire in Italian TV: 41.871940, 12.567380
Mistrust for politicians became constant: 42.938004, 12.621621
\'They were like the phalanx of Alexander the Great\': 42.938004, 12.621621
Student movements and Tangentopoli: 42.938004, 12.621621
I remember one hilarious, vulgar title: 42.863893, 13.589973


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