Postwar Palingenesis: Forming the Fascist Project

Paul Corner

in The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780198730699
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741753 | DOI:
Postwar Palingenesis: Forming the Fascist Project

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The chapter examines the formation of the fascist project. It illustrates the objectives of the fascist movement in the light of pre-First World War intellectual currents of both left and right, of the experience of the war itself, and of problems of the immediate post-war. It discusses the utopian project of national transformation, to be realised through the transformation of Italians. While arguing that the project, in its utopian form, was bound to fail, the chapter does point to ways in which the aim of social transformation could have been at least partially implemented.

Keywords: Italian Fascism; failure of Fascism; futurism; nationalism; socialism; First World War; utopian objectives; social transformation

Chapter.  5742 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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