Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism
Published: April 2003© 2003
352 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Ebook - PDF
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.
'[This book] is precisely what Croce studies has been waiting for. The big thorny question has always been that Croce supported fascism and Mussolini at the outset. The manuscript deals with this question very well and explains in detail what is truthful in this statement and what is exaggeration. It does this...with a high quality of scholarship and well reasoned arguments. Dr. Rizi's documentation of Croce's political involvement with politics, which has never been done in English or in Italian, decade by decade, is masterful-well documented, well written, and very knowledgeable. Rizi traces a picture of Croce, especially as an activist, through the fascist era, which reveals a side of the man that has not been revealed before. The author should be congratulated warmly for the contribution he is making to Croce studies...'Massimo Verdicchio, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
- Winner - Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize