Stefano Bottoni was born in Bologna (Italy) in 1977. He obtained a PhD in History at the University of Bologna (2005). Between 2005 and 2013 he has been contract lecturer in History of Eastern Europe at the University of Bologna; between 2007 and 2011 he also was an assistant research fellow at the University of Eastern Piedmont, POLIS Department of Political Science. He is currently senior research fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a visiting fellow of Imre Kertész Kolleg at Jena University. His current interest field are the nationality question in modern and contemporary Eastern Europe, Hungarian-Romanian relations after 1918, the political and social history of Transylvania and Slovakia in the Communist period, ethnic conflicts in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet area after the fall of Communism, State-Church relationships in Eastern Europe in the communist and post-communist period, and state-society relationships in communist Europe.


His publication list includes a general history of contemporary Eastern Europe (Un altro Novecento. L’Europa orientale dal 1919 ad oggi. Roma, Carocci, 2011), as well as several monographies and around 80 schlarly articles. Link:

“Letter from the world” from Budapest, with Stefano Bottoni