Journal article

War veterans and the transnational origins of Italian Fascism (1917-1919)

Angel Alcalde

JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

This article explores the origins of the historical relationship between war veterans and Fascism. Transcending the predominant paradigm of the controversial ‘brutalization’ thesis (George L. Mosse), the article relies on a transnational perspective that focuses on the interconnections between historical events and on processes of political communication and symbolic appropriation. Examining historical processes taking place in different European countries, as well as their effects on Mussolini and the Italian interventionists, the article argues that a transnational process of symbolic appropriation of the notion of the ‘veteran’, taking place between 1917 and 1919, is crucial to understand..

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Grants

Awarded by Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Government of Spain)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the 'Salvador de Madariaga' Programme, Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte (Government of Spain). The author is a member of the research project HAR2012-32539, funded by the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Government of Spain).