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Fascism, the War, and Structures of Feeling in Italy, 1943-1945 Tales in Chiaroscuro

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 06/2023

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On July 25, 1943, news of Mussolini's resignation and subsequent arrest stunned Italians leaving them dumbfounded. After two decades, fascism had fallen without any advance warning. As festive events marked the incredible outcome and reminders of the past were destroyed, an uncontainable joy seemed to pervade Italians. But what did people actually celebrate? How did they understand the bygone dictatorship, which was soon to be reincarnated in the Italian Social Republic (RSI)? Drawing on more than one hundred diaries written by ordinary citizens (and some prominent figures as well) and inspired by Raymond Williams's concept of structures of feeling, the book examines Italians' perspectives on fascism at a very critical moment in their history. With the country mired in a devastating war further complicated by the September 8, 1943 armistice with the Allies and subsequent German occupation--followed by the eruption of an Italian-against-Italian conflict, the switching of alliances, and the declaration of war against Germany on October 13, 1943--the fast pace of history seemed to deflect Italians' attention from their immediate past. Amidst the daily experience of bombings, hunger, displacement, and death, coming to terms with twenty years of dictatorship turned out to be an arduous enterprise. Whether those who had lived under the fascist regime wished 'not to think of it and not to speak any more about it' as philosopher Benedetto Croce maintained, it is hard to ascertain. In truth, little is known of what Italians felt and thought about fascism after its precipitous demise. This book remedies the gap in historical scholarship by assessing how Italians confronted their present and negotiated their past during the two years from the fall of the regime to the definitive defeat of the RSI and the end of the world war in May 1945. By bringing to life the cultural imaginaries and practices of the past, the book raises ostensibly intractable questions on the epochal impact of what often appears as inconsequential: the typically unseen and seemingly banal power of everyday experiences.


1 - A Short, Long Summer
2 - Interpretive Ghosts
3 - Every Day in the Everyday
4 - The Diary as Alibi
5 - The Personal and the Political


Simonetta Falasca Zamponi is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a a cultural sociologist engaged in comparative-historical research utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Focusing primarily on the first half of the twentieth century, her work examines the production and circulation of meaning in historical experience. She has received grants and awards from the American Philosophical Society, the European University Institute, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 240 x 28.0 x 160 mm Ø 672 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 352

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