Some marginal reflections on a controversial anniversary. The 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy proved to be an interesting observatory to evaluate the contrasting ways through which the various components of society looked at the foundation moment of the State. The anniversary was quite different from those of 1911 and 1961 in that the current plight of the country was deeply reflected in meanings and implications. Initially prepared in the midst of many uncertainties, because of the modest involvement of official institutions and government circles, the 150th anniversary has turned out to be highly successful, thanks to the role of President of the Republic and to an intense involvement of the regional civic networks. The article focuses on this important step, in particular focussing attention on the relationship between critical analysis of national history and social demand to re-establish the historical foundation of a shared civic and social coexistence.
Keywords: Anniversaries, commemorations, public use of history, Risorgimento, memory.