The Wars of Fascism

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

in Fascist Modernities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223639
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938052 | DOI:
The Wars of Fascism

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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

Chapter.  13213 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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