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Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema Book Cover

Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema

“Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema is the most subtle and detailed examination we have of a crucial element of the cultural practice of ‘totalitarian’ dictatorship, Italian-style.”
―Times Higher Education Supplement

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Italian Mobilities

“This is a great read for anyone who studies Italian emigration, colonialism or immigration, as it allows the reader to see quite clearly how these three topics are deeply interconnected.”
– Avy Valladares, Berkeley City College, Altreitalie

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Italian Colonialism

“Italian Colonialism offers a fascinating introduction to a subject that has for too long been ignored. ….Through highly readable chapters by many of the major scholars in the field, the book puts both Italian history and the history of European colonialism in a new light.”

– David Kertzer, Paul Dupee Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University

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Coming in 2020:

Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall

Strongmen rule over some of the most populous and powerful nations on earth. China, India, Russia and Turkey are all headed by figures who combine populist appeal with authoritarian policies. To that list could be added Hungary, the Philippines, Egypt, and North Korea – and even America. As they have risen to the top, these leaders have reshaped their countries around them, creating cults of personality which earn the loyalty of millions.

But who are these figures, and why do they hold such appeal for us? Here, Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat argues that we should see strongmen not simply as political figures, but also in the context of their cultures and societies. Drawing on analysis of everything from gender and sexuality to art and architecture, Ben-Ghiat reveals both how strongmen are shaped and promoted by our own history and desires, and why we fall for their promises.

As political upheavals in recent years have stirred up the spectre of fascism and Nazism, we seem to have learnt little from our mistakes – and in danger of following the same paths again. Strongmen is an authoritative and deeply knowledgeable analysis of the greatest political development of our times.

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