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Italia. L'invenzione della patria

2016

by Fabio Finotti, Bompiani (italian edition)

In a historical period in which migratory flows induce us to rethink the role and identity of European countries, Fabio Finotti takes us through the diverse meanings that the idea of “motherland” has had throughout the centuries, beginning with the laboratory where these different concepts existed side by side: Italy.

Beginning with Virgilio’s view, who saw the motherland as something to build up (rather than a natural fact), to the idea of empire as a sum of differences held by Charlemagne, passing through the romantic idea of Foscolo and Manzoni and the rhetoric of fascism, up to the nostalgic feeling of the expats of Little Italy, this book reminds us that Italy is the offspring of an extraordinary and ever-changing “cultural invention”.

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