This volume centres on one of the most dramatic periods of Italian history: 1900-1945. It examines the crisis of the liberal state as it undergoes a process of significant transformation, which starts with a process of modernization and leads to the totalitarian Fascist state. The book also discusses the social and moral conflicts resulting from modernization, the two world wars and the fascist regime, considering the issues from both national and international standpoints. The discussion includes the developments and impact of the changes on religion, literature, and the visual arts.
Adrian Lyttelton is Adjunct Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University Center, Bologna. He has also lectured at the University of Pisa, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Reading, and is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and All Souls College, Oxford. His publications include The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy 1919-1929, and Italian Fascisms.