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Fascist ModernitiesItaly, 1922-1945$
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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223639

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223639.001.0001

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The Wars of Fascism

The Wars of Fascism

(p.171) 6 The Wars of Fascism
Fascist Modernities

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

University of California Press

This chapter investigates how the regime of Italian leader Benito Mussolini depended on culture in order to assert itself as an international power after military debacles ended fascist hopes for political domination during World War II. It shows how young intellectuals such as Luchino Visconti and Alba De Céspedes utilized literature and film as vehicles for the expression of antifascist sentiments. It explores the function of culture in articulating shifting concepts of Italian and fascist modernity and nationhood during the war.

Keywords:   culture, Benito Mussolini, international power, political domination, Luchino Visconti, Alba De Céspedes, literature, film, antifascist sentiments, fascist modernity

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