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Ten essays at the nature of fascism through a number one student within the box, concentrating on how you can comprehend and practice fascist ideology to varied activities because the 20th century, Mussolini's prophesied 'fascist century'. comprises stories of fascism's tried temporal revolution; Nazism as prolonged case-study; and fascism's postwar evolution.
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Extra resources for A Fascist Century: Essays by Roger Griffin
Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. 22 He owed his ‘charisma’ to his instinctive ability to recycle, synthesise, and re-present myths of the nation’s imminent renewal; and thus to embody, crystallise, and give organisational form to the mood of national palingenesis which was ‘in the air’ breathed by Italy’s intelligentsia even before 1915, thereafter to be dramatically popularised and radicalised as a result of Italian intervention in the First World War.
An example bearing heavily on the present topic is an article published on the eve of the outbreak of the First World War under the title ‘La democrazia e la festa’. It claims that the fundamental problem of modern life was the lack of public festivals, rituals and theatrical elements that could restore an aura of grand spectacle to an increasingly impersonal and individualistic world. Modern people had ceased to believe in Catholicism, but had yet to find appropriate secular substitutes for its festivals.
To build such a fortress, two regimes forged a formidable alliance between the modern state’s powerful arsenal for social engineering and the primordial force of ethnic nationalism and the myth of collective rebirth. The result was the mass-production of ‘History’, which was only crushed by the conventional forces of history at the expense of some 55 million lives. 75 While this is a worthwhile enterprise, what would contribute even more to the historiography of fascism is a thorough investigation of the ‘secular otherworld’ at the centre of its imaginings as well as the ‘revolutionary festivals’ they led to.