Italian and Italian American Studies

Italian Modernities

Competing Narratives of Nationhood

Authors: Forlenza, Rosario, Thomassen, Bjørn

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This book argues that Italy represents a privileged entry point into the comparative analysis of ideologies and experiences of modernity. The book compares how thinkers and politicians belonging to different ideological clusters - Liberalism, Communism, Fascism, Chistian Democracy - came to formulate multiple and often antagonistic visions of Italy's road to the modern. By revisiting Italian political history from the late nineteenth century until the present with a focus on transition periods, Italian Modernities explores how competing historical narratives influenced shifting understandings of Italian nationhood, thus foregrounding the active role of memory politics in the formulation of multiple modernities.

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“Italian Modernities, in title and content, poses an important challenge to assumptions that not only bedevil scholarship on Italy but also play a devastating role in Italy’s treatment in the geopolitical arena.  By complicating what we mean by “modern,” the authors gently but firmly upset the easy assumptions that have substituted for thought and that have perpetuated prejudices both within and outside Italy’s borders.  Grounded in meticulous historical and ethnological research, Italian Modernities deserves as wide an audience as its scholarship is deep.” (Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Into Italy, into the Modern

    Forlenza, Rosario (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Liberal Modernity

    Forlenza, Rosario (et al.)

    Pages 23-55

  • Catholic Modernities: Epics of a Christian Nation

    Forlenza, Rosario (et al.)

    Pages 57-90

  • Gramsci and the Italian Road to Socialist Modernity

    Forlenza, Rosario (et al.)

    Pages 91-118

  • Fascist Modernity

    Forlenza, Rosario (et al.)

    Pages 119-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italian Modernities
Book Subtitle
Competing Narratives of Nationhood
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49212-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49212-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50155-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 296
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