Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy: Transformations by Stephen Gundle, Lucia Rinaldi

By Stephen Gundle, Lucia Rinaldi

Modern Italian heritage has been marked via a rare sequence of murders and political assassinations. The taking pictures of King Umberto in 1900 by means of an anarchist, many of the makes an attempt at the lifetime of Mussolini, the killing of former best minister Aldo Moro through the purple Brigades in 1978, and the taking pictures of the scholar Carlo Giuliani by way of a policeman throughout the G8 protests in Genoa in 2001 have been all hugely debatable occasions that provoked far-reaching reactions. The contributions to this publication discover those and plenty of different Italian actual crime and political homicide situations. They learn them of their old and cultural contexts and discover the movies, fiction, theatre and artwork that they have got inspired. 

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11. Here again see De Grazia’s definitive study of women under fascism. 12. Spackman, in her description of Maria-Antonietta Macciocchi’s assessment of the “masochistic pleasure derived from sacrifices requested of them” cites the Fascist requirements of biological reproduction, the sacrifice of the fede, and the sacrifice of (in the form of abstention from) employment outside the home. Barbara Spackman, Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996), 26–27.

See Monelli, Mussolini piccolo borghese, 177. 8. See Mack Smith, Mussolini, for former lovers’ as well as Mussolini’s own assessment of the physical and emotional violence he displayed toward his intimates. 9. See De Grazia, How Fascism Ruled Women, for an overview of the changing and often contradictory attitudes toward sexuality between the years 1922–45. 10. Their titles are indicative of that taste for in extremis details; see for example Franco Bandini, Le ultime 95 ore di Mussolini (Milano: Mondadori, 1968); Pisanò, Giorgio, Gli ultimi cinque secondi di Mussolini: un’inchiesta giornalistica durata quarant’anni (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 1996); Bruno Giovanni Lonati, Quel 28 aprile: Mussolini e Claretta: la verità (Milan: Murisa, 1994); Alessandro Zanella, L’ora di Dongo (Milan: Rusconi, 1993); and Peter Whittle, One Afternoon at Mezzegra (London: W.

Papà Cervi had received during his long life countless visitors who left behind a range of gifts (including model tractors, Russian dolls, and a miniature Eiffel tower). These, and much more, are on display at the museum today. In its original concept, the museum was dedicated to the evocation of peasant life in the region. It is only over the last few years that the museum has taken on further significance by adding extra exhibition space dealing with antifascism and the Resistance. The museum has, perhaps unofficially, assumed the role of national museum of the Resistance.

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