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Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945

Ruth Ben-Ghiat


This book's innovative cultural history of Mussolini's dictatorship is a provocative discussion of the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. Eloquent, pathbreaking, and deft in its use of a broad range of materials, this work argues that fascism appealed to many Italian intellectuals as a new model of modernity that would resolve the contemporary European crisis as well as long-standing problems of the national past. The book shows that—at a time of fears over the erosion of national and social identities—Mussolini presented fascism as a movement that would allow economic development withou ... More

Keywords: Mussolini, fascism, European crisis, national identity, social identity, mass society, 1945, dictatorship, Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223639
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author