Football And Fascism: The National Game Under Mussolini by Simon MartinFootball And Fascism: The National Game Under Mussolini by Simon Martin

Football And Fascism: The National Game Under Mussolini

bySimon Martin, Martin Simon

Paperback | September 1, 2004

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Institutionalized as a fascist game in Mussolinis Italy, football was exploited domestically in an attempt to develop a sense of Italian identity and internationally as a diplomatic tool to improve Italys standing in the global arena. The 1930s were the zenith of achievement for Italian football. Italy hosted and won the 1934 World Cup tournament and retained the trophy in 1938 in France. In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Italy won the soccer tournament with a team of university students, affirming the nations international football supremacy. At club level, calcio was reorganized into a single, national league in 1929namely, Serie Aafter which the first Italian club teams emerged to dominate European competition and threaten previous British notions of supremacy.In this time, Italian Fascism fully exploited the opportunities football provided to shape public opinion, penetrate daily life, and reinforce conformity. By politicizing the game, Fascism also sought to enhance the regimes international prestige and inculcate nationalist values. The author argues that the regimes attempt to use sport to formulate identity actually forced it to recognize existing tensions within society, thereby paradoxically permitting the existence of diversity and individuality.The book serves as a cultural history of Fascism in Italy viewed through the lens of football.
Simon Martin, University College London
Title:Football And Fascism: The National Game Under MussoliniFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1859737056

ISBN - 13:9781859737057


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter II: Fascist Football Foundations Chapter III: Building Blocks Chapter IV: 'Bravo Bologna' Chapter V: Firenze Chapter VI: Foreign Bodies on Foreign Fields

Editorial Reviews

'This serious and very detailed analysis elevates football to an important consideration in pre-war politics, and reminds us that the sport does not sit in isolation from society's influences'Programme Monthly 'Simon Martin's interesting and original study...tries to unpack the complicated relationship between Italian fascism and football.'John Foot, The Guardian Review'An intriguing, diligent work'WSC (When Saturday Comes) Magazine