As the contents of this issue are concerned, we must highlight first of all two language-specific contributions, authored respectively by Egill Arnarson and Fabio Quartino. The former is an introduction to the thought of Giambattista Vico for the Icelandic readership of our journal. The latter is a complete degree thesis outlining the constitutional history of Iceland for our Italian readers. Together, these two contributions fulfill our journal’s goal of facilitating cultural exchanges between Italy and Iceland. The remaining new articles selected for publication deal with legal (Adriana Di Stefano [delayed for technical reasons], Giovanni Damele), political (Monica Quirico) and ethical topics (Øjvind Larsen, Matthias Kettner), thus furthering our previous publications in these areas of inquiry.
It should be noted that the contributions by Larsen and Kettner stem from papers presented last January at the first meeting of the new study group established under the aegis of a longtime partner of our journal, i.e. the Nordic Summer University. Four conference papers (Siipi & Ahteensuu; Rendtorff; Räikkä & Weyermann; Peterková) delivered upon the same occasion are also included in this issue of Nordicum-Mediterraneum. An introduction to the group itself and the materials published in our journal is provided on the front page of this issue by the group’s coordinator, Dr Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, whom we congratulate and to whom we express our gratitude.
As customary for Nordicum-Mediterraneum, the current issue carries a review essay and several reviews of volumes that were submitted by various publishers to our journal. Please make sure that you check regularly the “news” on our homepage in order to be informed about any new books that become available for review.
This issue concludes with a follow-up to the special section on the international economic crisis that was included in last year’s regular issue. Specifically, Nordicum-Mediterraneum interviewed Huginn Freyr Þorsteinsson, Political Advisor to the current Icelandic Minister of Finance, so as to assess the ways in which Iceland has responded to the crash of 2008, to which pundits and analysts have recently begun to refer as the “Icelandic model” of economic recovery.
Several new articles open the 2010 regular issue, dealing with those Nordic and Mediterranean areas of inquiry that have characterised our journal since its inception: philology (D. Ferioli and V. Miglio), history (G. Hamza), geography (M.S. Campanini) and philosophy (G. Sigurðsson). Additionally, this issue comprises a number of contributions dealing with economics and economic affairs (e.g. H.Þ. Hilmarsson), most of which are contained in a special section devoted to freer, personal reflections on the current economic crisis.
Former contributors, members of the editorial board, and scholars registered in our mailing list were invited to express their views and experiences vis-à-vis the current crisis, as it continues to unfold in the Nordic countries and all around the Mediterranean Sea. We wish to thank the experts that took part in this attempt to promote a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a worrying, financial-speculation-born crisis that many commentators have compared to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Eighty years ago, that crisis led to dramatic outcomes, material as well as ideological, including the one discussed by Professor Gábor Hamza in his article on the German Third Reich. The outcomes of the current crisis are yet to be fully witnessed and comprehended.
We also wish to thank the scholars who allowed us to enrich the 2010 issue with critical essays, book reviews and interviews, and we welcome their interest in future forms of collaboration with our journal.