Europe at a crossroads
The Genoa International Conference of 1922
From April 10th to May 19th, 1922, Genoa was the scene of an important, albeit little known, International economic and financial Conference, joined by 34 European countries, in order to make “a joint effort (…) to remedy the paralysis of European system”.
On the centenary of that event, the Ligurian Institute for the Resistance and the Contemporary Age (ILSREC), in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences (DISPO) and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Genoa, organizes an international historical conference in Palazzo San Giorgio, where the Conference held the most important sessions and where, in memory of the event, a plaque was placed and restored in 1972 after its destruction during the war. The aim is not meant to be just celebratory.
The Genoa Conference, mutatis mutandis, in fact presents highly relevant aspects. For a Europe that after the First World War had lost the hegemonic role which it had exercised in the world until that moment, the early 1920s represented a period of transition, of change, of the search for new paths, but at the same time also a period of radicalization of divisions: a moment of choices that is very close to what we are experiencing now.