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 Empire supported 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 the Roman 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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 478 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm
A magisterial work not just in what it tells us about the historical constructions of 150 years, but also in getting those unfamiliar with current Italian historiography up to speed. * Jakob Lehne, European University Institute, Nations and Nationalism *
this work is extraordinarily thorough and erudite in its exploration of nationalist discourse ... it will appeal primarily to a specialist audience, but will also be of interest to students of classical reception studies and the history of historiography. * Joshua Arthurs, American Historical Review *