The Antiquity of the Italian Nation: The Cultural Origins of a Political Myth in Modern Italy, 1796…

Hardcover | October 12, 2013

byAntonino De Francesco

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With Italy under Napoleonic rule at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the antiquarian topic of anti-romanism became a pillar of the Italian nation-building process and, in turn, was used against the dominant French culture. The history of the Italian nation predating the Roman Empiresupported the idea of an Italian cultural primacy and proved crucial in the creation of modern Italian nationalism. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Italian studies of Roman history would drape a dark veil over the earliest history of Italy while Fascism openly claimed the legacy of theRoman Empire. Italic antiquity would, however, remain alive through all those years, intersecting with the political and cultural life of modern Italy. In this book, De Francesco examines the different uses of the constantly reasserted antiquity of the Italian nation in history, archaeology, palaeoethnology, and anthropology from the Napoleonic period to the collapse of Fascism.

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With Italy under Napoleonic rule at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the antiquarian topic of anti-romanism became a pillar of the Italian nation-building process and, in turn, was used against the dominant French culture. The history of the Italian nation predating the Roman Empiresupported the idea of an Italian cultural prim...

Antonino De Francesco is Professor of Early Modern History at the Department of History, University of Milan and chercheur associe at the Institut d'Histoire de la Revolution Francaise, Paris I, Sorbonne. He has taught in several European institutions and is a specialist in the cultural and political history of eighteenth and nineteent...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199662312

ISBN - 13:9780199662319

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ForewordIntroduction1. The historic past of the nation2. A plural Italy3. Unity in diversity4. The other Italy5. The anthropology of the nation6. Return to Rome7. From the African Empire to the EtruscansBibliographyIndex