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Fascist Modernism: The Arts Under Dictatorship

Fascist Modernism: The Arts Under Dictatorship
Francesca Billiani

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Between 1917 to 1975 Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Soviet Union, and Spain were ruled by authoritarian or totalitarian dictatorships. In order to bring about sweeping changes to the political system and to reinforce traditional values, these regimes uniformly adopted what we would call a modernist aesthetic-huge-scale experiments in architectural modernism funded and supported by fascist and totalitarian dictators. Focusing largely on Benito Mussolini's Italy, and his 'New Rome' project, Francesca Billiani argues that the new concept of 'modernity' in design was intertwined irrecoverably with fascism-that modernist buildings, art and writings have hitherto been seen as purely cultural outputs, when in fact the principles of modernist aesthetics constitute and are constituted by the principles of fascism. Part of this new modernist ideology involved the constitution of a 'new man' as the foundation of a modern collective social identity, a synergy which is explored by Billiani, who argues the remaking of the nation espoused by modernist artists can be read as part of the rise of Fascism across Europe.

Author Info

Francesca Billiani is Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester and Research Director at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) at the University of Manchester.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784535230
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2018
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 138

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