The Roman Bank case: mysterious acquittals

Presentation of the book The Roman Bank case: mysterious acquittals, written by Francesco Savasta.

The Roman Bank case was the first relevant scandal of the Italian banking and financial history. The scandal involved the Governor of what was one of the six issuing bodies existing at the time, Bernardo Tanlongo, but it also involved wheeler dealers, bankers and politician of the “new Italy”.

Up to the highest ranks of the liberal Italy: President of the Council of Ministers Francesco Crispi and his Minister of the Treasury, Giovanni Giolitti. Messina-born scholar Francesco Savasta dedicated an in-depth research on that far-in-time scandal, outlining its legal, cultural, economic and political boundaries.

Was is a real scandal? Was corruption already one of our State’s endemic afflictions? What was the role of Italian liberals? Which modern events can be compared to that scandal? Is vigilantism the key to understand it? What did Italian liberal thought fathers Croce and Einaudi think about those facts?

 These are the topics covered in the debate held on Wednesday, June 21st at the Foundation headquarters, in which Corrado Ocone and Delia Mangiaracina from LEF, Andrea Ungari, LUISS Professor and Enea Franza, CONSOB executive joined.