Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 321 pages

Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism provides a unique analysis of the political life of the major Italian philosopher and literary figure Benedetto Croce (1866-1952). Relying on a range of resources rarely used before in Croce studies including police documents, archival materials, and the private edition of Croce's diaries, the Taccuini, published in recent years Fabio Rizi paints an evocative picture of Croce in the fascist era.

Rizi reconsiders Croce's contribution to the struggle against fascism, and demonstrates that Croce's anti-fascist resistance was not passive, as most critics have argued, but rather active in both the political and cultural arenas. Throughout the book, he shows the interplay between Croce's intellectual activity and the political events of the time. His extensive research reveals Croce's own close contact with the key players of the underground movements, and the fact that the fascist authorities regarded Croce as an enemy of the regime.

Tracing Croce's life from his birth in 1866 to his death in 1952, this elegant biography sustains a consistent scope throughout: to clarify former misunderstandings and to better appreciate Croce's contributions to the cause of freedom. Well-documented and well-written, Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism offers a critical and engaging contribution to Croce studies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Cultural Activity as Political Opposition 19301940
196
Difficult Choices 19301940
213
The Fall of Mussolini and the Kingdom of the South
233
The Elder Statesman 19441952
246
Conclusion
261
Notes
269
Bibliography
295
Index
313
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About the author (2003)

Fabio Fernando Rizi received his Ph.D. from York University. Since immigrating to Canada from Italy in the 1950s, he has worked for the Toronto Public Libraries with responsibility for the Italian Books Collection.

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