Edition: 2013
Pages: 122
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788858109809

Neither State Nor Nation. Italians with no destination

Emilio Gentile



“If a vast majority of Italians are proud of their nationality, consider the unity of Italy to be a good thing and identify with their nation, then it is possible to conclude that the bill of health of the Italian nation is good, very good, even excellent. But is that how things really are?”

The world in which we live is divided into nation states. But Italy is going against the general trend. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of unification, our country appears to be in the grip of a grave crisis of confidence. Many citizens believe that the birth of the nation State was an error and that an Italian nation has never truly existed. And they would like to take another route; but they don’t know which. In a world of nation states, Italians risk wandering, litigious and divided, towards an uncertain destiny. Emilio Gentile invites us to reflect on over a century of history in order to understand the reasons for all the bewilderment. And with imagination, he provides the first glimmerings of hope.

The author

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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