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Rethinking the History of Italian Fascism

Edited By

Giulia Albanese

ISBN 9780367553111
Published March 11, 2022 by Routledge
332 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the last years, the discussion around what is fascism, if this concept can be applied to present forms of politics and if its seeds are still present today, became central in the political debate. This discussion led to a vast reconsideration of the meaning and the experience of fascism in Europe and is changing the ways in which scholars of different generations look at this political ideology and come back to it and it is also changing the ways in which we consider the experience of Italian fascism in the European and global context. The aim of the book is building a general history of Fascism and its historiography through the analysis of 13 different fundamental aspects, which were at the core of Fascist project or of Fascist practices during the regime. Each essay considers a specific and meaningful aspect of the history of Italian fascism, reflecting on it from the vantage point of a case study. The essays thus reinterrogates the history of Fascism to understand in which way Fascism was able to mould the historical context in which it was born, how and if it transformed political, cultural, social elements that were already present in Italy. The themes considered are violence, empire, war, politics, economy, religion, culture, but also antifascism and the impact of Fascism abroad, especially in the Twenties and at the beginnings of the Thirties.

The book could be both used for a general public interested in the history of Europe in the interwar period and for an academic and scholarly public, since the essays aim to develop a provocative reflection on their own area of research.

Table of Contents

 0. Giulia Albanese


  1. Matteo Millan
  2. Squadrismo and Repression. An Italian Road to Violence?

  3. Valeria Deplano
  4. From the colonies to the empire. Africa and the national fascist project

  5. Claudia Baldoli
  6. The Regime’s Military Defeat: War and Bombings

  7. Matteo Di Figlia
  8. The fascist ruling class. The geography of power between centre and periphery

  9. Bruno Settis
  10. Fascist economy. Private powers and State intervention

  11. Gabriele Rigano
  12. Fascism and Religion: a Religious Creed for the Imperial Nation

  13. Angelo Matteo Caglioti
  14. Science and Fascism, or Fascist Science? Meteorology in Fascist Italy

  15. Roberta Pergher
  16. Subject citizens: The meaning of citizenship under Fascism

  17. Ilaria Pavan
  18. The Fascist Welfare State: Continuities, Ruptures, Mediations

  19. Joshua Arthurs
  20. Alltagsgeschichte Italian-Style? New Perspectives on Everyday Life in Fascist Italy

  21. Alessio Gagliardi
  22. "To Educate" or to Entertain? Propaganda, Mass Media, and Mass Culture

  23. Marco Bresciani
  24. Becoming Antifascist: Uncertainties, Dilemmas, Contradictions vis-à-vis Italian Fascism

  25. Giulia Albanese

The Fascist Model Abroad. Not Just Propaganda (1922-1935)

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Giulia Albanese is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Padua, Italy. Her research focuses on Fascism and transnational fascism, political violence. She is the author of Dittature mediterranee. Sovversioni Fasciste e colpi di stato in Italia, Spagna, Portogallo (2016) and The March on Rome (2019).