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Other titles in the George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History series:
La Grande Italia: The Myth of the Nation in the Twentieth Century (George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History)by Emilio Gentile
Synopses & Reviews
La Grande Italia traces the history of the myth of the nation in Italy along the curve of its rise and fall throughout the twentieth century. Starting with the festivities for the fiftieth anniversary of the unification of Italy in 1911 and ending with the centennial celebrations of 1961, Emilio Gentile describes a dense sequence of events: from victorious Italian participation in World War I through the rise and triumph of Fascism to Italy’s transition to a republic.
Gentile’s definition of “Italians” encompasses the whole range of political, cultural, and social actors: Liberals and Catholics, Monarchists and Republicans, Fascists and Socialists. La Grande Italia presents a sweeping study of the development of Italian national identity in all its incarnations throughout the twentieth century. This important contribution to the study of modern Italian nationalism and the ambition to achieve a “great Italy” between the unification of Italy and the advent of the Italian Republic will appeal to anyone interested in modern European history, Fascism, and nationalism.
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La Grande Italia traces the history of the myth of the nation in Italy along the curve of its rise and fall throughout the twentieth century.
About the Author
Emilio Gentile is professor of contemporary history at the University of Rome La Sapienza. He is a distinguished historian of Fascism and totalitarianism, best known for his interpretation of politics as religion. He is the author of several books, including The Sacralization of Politics in Fascist Italy; The Struggle for Modernity: Nationalism, Futurism, and Fascism; The Origins of Fascist Ideology, 1918–1925; and Politics as Religion. Suzanne Dingee and Jennifer Pudney are freelance translators based in Rome, Italy. They have taught English translation at Rome’s Advanced School for Interpreters and Translators for more than twenty years and have recently completed translating another work by Emilio Gentile, God's Democracy.
Table of Contents
Notes from the Author
Part One: The Fatherland of the Italians
Introduction: The Fatherland's Jubilee
1. Modernity Freedom Italianità
2. Complex of Greatness
3. The Italies of Monarchic Italy
Part Two: Which Italy?
4. The Metamorphosis of a Myth
5. Italianism and Modernity
6. Italian Imperialists
7. The Man and the Patriot
Part Three: The Fascist Nation
8. Italy in Black Shirts
9. Remaking the Italians
10. A New Imperial Civilization
11. The Fascist War
12. The Failed Identity
Part Four: No-man's-Land
13. Where Is Italy?
14. Pull the Idol Down
15. In Search of a Country
Part Five: The Country of Political Parties
16. A Great but Small Nation
17. A Myth for the Republic
18. The Italies of Republican Italy
Conclusion: The Jubilee of the Simulacrum
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