Introduction

The afterlives of fascism

Authored by: Kay Bea Jones , Stephanie Pilat

The Routledge Companion to Italian Fascist Architecture

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367348519
eBook ISBN: 9780429328435
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429328435-1

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Abstract

Nearly a century after the fascist March on Rome and more than 75 years after the end of Mussolini’s regime, questions about the built legacy of Italian fascism continue to be debated. The fascist regime constructed thousands of new buildings across the Italian Peninsula, Italian islands, and the colonial territories. This book considers how the legacy of fascism is being reconsidered and rewritten by artists, architects, historians, individuals, and communities. Together, the essays presented here examine the afterlives of fascist architecture and urbanism in Italy and its former colonies. Authors consider how selected sites have been transformed, narrated, or adapted and by whom and to what ends. Connections between meaning and architectural or urban form are subject to renegotiation and reinterpretation through these interventions and representations. This work of negotiating fascism is very much an ongoing one.

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