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Architecture and ideology: modernity as a Fascist endeavour in Il Foro Mussolini

Written by: Thomas Bouzereau and Pauline Darrieus In recent years, Fascist architecture has taken an increasingly important place among the Italian public debate, for being omnipresent yet unnoticed. It is all the more surprising when one knows that the architectural characteristics of that time were very tied to the political program of the Duce. Italian […]

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Two Leagues, One Lega: Salvini’s Party and its Nationalism

Written by: Tommaso Rabitti It’s been at least five years since Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s nationalist Lega party, has earned himself a place in the pantheon of European populists. His notoriety precedes him, foreign observers having attached strong labels to him: ‘the Italian Trump’, ‘modern fascist’, or, for many more still, simply a buffoon. […]

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“Italy feels like home”: reflecting on the integration journey of a young immigrant

By Beatrice Catena and Niya Namfua  Since the late 1970s, and increasingly from 1989, Italy has been at the receiving end of large-scale immigration from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the ex-’Eastern Bloc’. The incoming flow of non- EU immigrants has been at the centre of Italian politics ever since the 1970s, constituting one of […]

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A Specific Interpretation of History: The Case of the Italian Referendums

On the 22nd of October 90% of Venetian and Lombard voters voted in favour of more autonomy. The question is, why?