Edition: 2002
Pages: 310
Series: BUL
ISBN: 9788842058571

The Myth of the New State

Emilio Gentile


At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the necessity of representing the people politically became a problem it was no longer possible to postpone. Intellectuals and politicians set out to find a new formula, which would balance order and renewal, tradition and modernization, National State and mass society. This process gave birth to the so-called 'New State', that is a mass National State, the basis of which were to be found in anti-Giolittian thought and which became with fascism an attempt at totalitarianism.

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Emilio Gentile

Emilio Gentile is an historian of international renown, he is emeritus professor at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He received the Hans Sigrist Prize at the University of Berna for his studies on the religions of politics. Among his main works published by Laterza, often reprinted and translated all over the world: The Cult of the Lictor: the sacralisation of politics in fascist Italy; Politics as religion; Fascism: History and interpretation; Fascism in three chapters; God’s democracy: American religion after September 11 (Burzio Prize); Stone fascism; Two gunshots, ten million dead, the end of a world; The March on Rome and Fascism in Power; The leader and the Crowd; “In a democracy people are always sovreign” False!.

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