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    DescriptionThe cultural and material legacies of the Roman Republic and Empire in evidence throughout Rome have made it the "Eternal City." Too often, however, this patrimony has caused Rome to be seen as static and antique, insulated from the transformations of the modern world. In Excavating Modernity, Joshua Arthurs dramatically revises this perception, arguing that as both place and idea, Rome was strongly shaped by a radical vision of modernity imposed by Mussolini's regime between the two world wars.Italian Fascism s appropriation of the Roman past the idea of Rome, or romanita encapsulated the Fascist virtues of discipline, hierarchy, and order; the Fascist new man was modeled on the Roman legionary, the epitome of the virile citizen-soldier. This vision of modernity also transcended Italy s borders, with the Roman Empire providing a foundation for Fascism s own vision of Mediterranean domination and a European New Order. At the same time, romanita also served as a vocabulary of anxiety about modernity. Fears of population decline, racial degeneration and revolution were mapped onto the barbarian invasions and the fall of Rome. Offering a critical assessment of romanita and its effects, Arthurs explores the ways in which academics, officials, and ideologues approached Rome not as a site of distant glories but as a blueprint for contemporary life, a source of dynamic values to shape the present and future. "

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    Excavating Modernity
    The Roman Past in Fascist Italy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joshua Arthurs
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801449987
    ISBN 10: 0801449987

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CHRN/ERLY20
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL042030
    BIC subject category V2: 1DST, 3JJG
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    DC23: 930.1093
    DC22: 930.1093
    LC classification: CC101.I8 A78 2012
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    Thema V1.0: NK, NHD, NHDA, JPHX
    Illustrations note
    16, 13 black & white halftones, 3 tables
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    31 July 2012
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    Review quote
    "That Italian fascism would adopt Rome as a fundamental part of its ideology, though it seems obvious now, was not a given at the start of the movement. As Joshua Arthurs notes, Rome was associated with the decadent liberal state and with the Catholic Church. Fascism, in contrast, meant modernity and dynamism.... Arthurs has given us an excellent, concise summary of what Rome meant to fascism. It is a valuable guide to scholars and to general readers." Alexander De Grand, The Historian(Spring 2014)"