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Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy

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This richly textured cultural history of Italian fascism traces the narrative path that accompanied the making of the regime and the construction of Mussolini's power. Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi reads fascist myths, rituals, images, and speeches as texts that tell the story of fascism. Linking Mussolini's elaboration of a new ruling style to the shaping of the regime's ...more
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Published August 31st 2000 by University of California Press (first published July 2nd 1997)
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Jason
Oct 18, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a student of history when I read and fascinated by fascism, nationalism, racism, and the like so this year in honor of Donald J. Trump I wanted to learn more about Benito Mussolini. I hear the "Trump is Hitler" chant but maybe I'm in the 'Trump is more Mussolini than Hitler' crowd, so this year I made time to read up on Mussolini and Italian Fascism. In the past, I've primarily read about the more dominant Hitler along with conflations of Hitler's Nazism and Mussolini's Fascism. ...more
Jared Adams
Falasca-Zamponi does an excellent job of taking the reader inside Fascist Italy in order to understand the base of Mussolini's power and how he was able to make himself the 'man' or the one true leader of Italy. It goes into great detail how the Fascist regime attempted to make the Fascist rise to power and the regime itself a grand myth. With the myth of the March on Rome, of the Roman Empire, of Italian greatness, it shows how hard Mussolini tried to get Italians to become supporters of ...more
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Aug 25, 2008 Jonathan Hedgpeth rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It is translated from Italian, so the wording can be awkward at times, but for the most part it was a very rewarding read.

It is a history of the intellectual origins of European Fascist/Nationalism. Perhaps what I found most remarkable was how French and Italian intellectuals drew the conclusions that they did.....Conclusions which invariably lead to the rise of the 'corporate state' of european fascism.
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Complex argument that tries to logically reconcile contradictions in Italian fascism by analyzing the aesthetics of politics. Great book!
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“religious rituals cast an aura of sacrality on bread by putting it in liminal contact with the celestial sphere. The meshing of the sacred with the profane endowed bread with a plethora of superimposed, ambivalent, and overcharged meanings, which the regime fully exploited.” 0 likes
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