Carlo Sforza

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Carlo Sforza
Carlo Sforza 1921.jpg
President of the Italian National Consult
In office
25 September 1945 – 1 June 1946
Preceded by Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
Succeeded by Giuseppe Saragat
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 February 1947 – 19 July 1951
Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi
Preceded by Pietro Nenni
Succeeded by Alcide De Gasperi
Personal details
Born 24 January 1872
Montignoso, Italy
Died 4 September 1952
Rome
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Republican Party

Count Carlo Sforza (24 January 1872 – 4 September 1952) was an Italian diplomat and anti-Fascist politician.

Biography[edit]

Sforza was born at Montignoso (Tuscany).

Sforza entered the diplomatic service in 1896. He served in Cairo, Paris, Constantinople, Beijing, Bucharest, Madrid, London, and Belgrade, and after the First World War became foreign minister under Giovanni Giolitti. In 1921 Sforza upset nationalist right-wing forces by signing the Rapallo Treaty which recognised the important port of Fiume as a free city. As minister of Foreign Affairs he was instrumental in breaking the proto-fascist feud led by poet Gabriele D'Annunzio in Fiume.

Sforza was ambassador to France but resigned from office when Benito Mussolini gained power in 1922. He led the anti-fascist opposition in the Senate until being forced into exile in 1926. While living in exile Sforza published the books, European Dictatorships, Contemporary Italy, or Synthesis of Europe, as well as many articles where he analysed the fascist ideology and attacked its many well-wishers as well as different "appeasers" in England, France and elsewhere. After the murder in France in 1937 of Carlo Rosselli, leader of the Giustizia e Libertà movement (non-marxist left), count Sforza became the de facto leader of Italian antifascism in exile.

Sforza lived in France until the German occupation in June 1940. He then settled in England where he lived until moving on to the United States.

After the surrender in September 1943, he returned to his country and in June 1944 he accepted the offer of Ivanoe Bonomi to join his provisional antifascist government. Sforza in 1946 became a member of the Italian Republican Party.

As foreign minister (1947–1951) he supported the European Recovery Program and the settlement of Trieste. He was a convinced advocate and one of the designers of Italy's pro-European policy and with De Gasperi he led Italy into the Council of Europe. On 18 April 1951 he signed the Treaty instituting the European Coal and Steel Community, making Italy one of the founder members.

He died in Rome in 1952.

Further reading[edit]

  • Liebmann, George W. Diplomacy between the Wars: Five Diplomats and the Shaping of the Modern World (London I. B. Tauris, 2008)


Political offices
Preceded by
Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
(Chamber of Deputies)
Pietro Tomasi Della Torretta
(Senate)
President of the Italian National Consult
1945-1946
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Saragat
(Constituent Assembly)
Preceded by
Vittorio Scialoja
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1920 - 1921
Succeeded by
Pietro Tommasi della Torretta
Preceded by
Pietro Nenni
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1947–1951
Succeeded by
Alcide De Gasperi