By Matthew Feldman (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0230220894

ISBN-13: 9780230220898

ISBN-10: 0230594131

ISBN-13: 9780230594135

Ten essays at the nature of fascism by way of a number one pupil within the box, targeting tips to comprehend and observe fascist ideology to numerous events because the 20th century, Mussolini's prophesied 'fascist century'. contains experiences of fascism's tried temporal revolution; Nazism as prolonged case-study; and fascism's postwar evolution.

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Two European regimes have gone to elaborate lengths to break entire nations out of a chaotic experience of time widely felt to be mythically discharged and degenerating. One was activating the myth of Rome, the other a myth of Aryan blood. Both introduced a new calendar,73 and made it a central goal to fill their subjects’ lives with a sense of ritual ‘nowness’. So why is Benjamin, who actually lived through the rise of Nazism until he was forced into exile in 1933, so blind to the fascist bid to shoot down the clocks of liberal time taking place in front of his eyes?

It was a purifying bath from which a new person, who perceived the world through categories of action speed, and confrontation, would be born. 40 Another contemporary scholar, Jeffrey Schnapp, has also fully grasped that the deeper significance of Fascism’s ritualised and aesthetic style of politics lies in its attempt to mass-produce a qualitatively different experience of reality. Schnapp’s fascinating analysis of the 1932 Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution shows how the regime deliberately manipulated the aesthetics of architecture, exhibitions, symbols, space, and song to contrive for the visitor an experience of passing from the chaos of the immediate post-war years to the sublime harmony of the Fascist era.

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.

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