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Piero Gobetti’s Turin

Modernity, Myth and Memory

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Niamh Cullen

In his brief public career, Piero Gobetti was one of the most outspoken and original voices of early Italian antifascism. Before his sudden death in 1926, he founded and edited three periodicals, including the fiercely antifascist La Rivoluzione Liberale and the literary journal Il Baretti. While much has been written about his antifascism and his theories of ‘liberal revolution’, this book considers him primarily as an ‘organiser of culture’ and situates him both in the context of his lived experience in Turin after the First World War and in a wider European panorama. Although politically marginal by 1918, Turin was one of Italy’s most modern cities, with its futuristic Fiat factories, vocal working class and militant socialist intellectuals such as Antonio Gramsci. The book explores Gobetti’s encounters with Turin – both its history and the modern, urban landscape of Gobetti’s own day – as central to his thinking. Historically and geographically, Turin was also the Italian city closest to France and northern Europe. If Gobetti’s immediate surroundings inspired much of his thinking, his sensibilities were – in true Piedmontese style – more European than Italian, and his ultimate impact far from only local. Finally, Gobetti’s bitter disillusionment with liberal and fascist Italy, as well as his refusal to fit any of the conventional political labels, means that his memory has remained contentious right up to the present day. This groundbreaking new study explores the roots of Gobetti’s thinking, his impact on Italian culture and his controversial legacy.

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Accademia dei Concordi 23 Accademia reale delle Scienze 24 Accademia Sampaolina 21 Adamson, Walter 47, 70, 180 Agnelli, Giovanni 39, 114, 117 Agosti, Giorgio 251 Ajello, Nello 255, 262, 295 Alatri, Paolo 260 Alberti, Guglielmo 201, 225 Alessandrone Perona, Ersilia 213 Alfieri, Vittorio 22, 48, 202, 208, 302 Alleanza Nazionale 300 Amendola, Giorgio 239–240 Amendola, Giovanni 54, 153, 173–174, 240, 250 Angelini, Maria Clotilde 214 Anonima Libraria Italiana 141–142 Ansaldo, Giovanni 109, 114–115, 121, 142–143, 152–153, 167, 266, 280 Antonicelli, Franco 176, 247, 272, 279–280, 287, 290 antifascism 7, 146 Ascoli, Max 155, 169, 170 Avanti! (newspaper) 75, 80, 83, 90, 93, 94 Bacchelli, Riccardo 186, 204 Balbo, Cesare 23, 28, 52 Balbo, Felice 263 Baretti, Giuseppe 13, 22–23, 202–203, 208, 222 Bauer, Riccardo 109, 154, 167–168, 236, 268 Beccaria, Cesare 20 Belfagor (periodical) 252 Benco, Silvio 191, 222–223 Benda, Julien 220–221 Bergson, Henri 46 Berlusconi, Silvio 15, 293, 300, 301–302 Bersezio, Vittorio 38 Berth, Edoard 211, 231, 232 Bertrand, Jean 220 Bobbio, Norberto 8–9, 29, 43, 177, 247, 250, 251–252, 271–272, 286, 290, 295, 300, 302 Boine, Giovanni 185 Bonnino, Davico 301 Bordiga, Amedeo 66, 273 Borrelli, Alda 102 Bortone, Leone 268 Bossi, Umberto 295 Bourdieu, Pierre 133–134, 140 Brook, Rupert 224 Buonaiuti, Ernesto 153 Byron, Lord 224 Cajumi, Arrigo 225, 281 Calamandrei, Piero 268, 270 Calogero, Guido 249 Calosso, Umberto 104–105, 108, 243, 246, 270–275 Cankar, Jvan 227 Capitini,...

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