BSR Online Lecture | Violence and Fascism: 1921 e dintorni

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH, 18.00–19.30 CET

Paul Corner (Oxford), John Foot (Bristol) and Simon Martin (BSR; Trinity College, Rome)

This event will take place via Zoom and requires advance registration. Please click here to reserve your place.

100 years ago Italian fascists were on the rampage throughout Italy, using organised violence on a national scale, in the run up to the 1921 General Elections. Within 18 months, Mussolini would be Prime Minister and would stay in power for two decades. Italy invented fascism and was the first country in which fascists took power. This series of conversations and talks, organised by John Foot (Bristol) and Simon Martin (BSR/Trinity College Rome Campus) in conjunction with the British School at Rome, looks to draw on contemporary research around Italian fascism to reflect on the meaning of the movement and the regime today, and to disseminate new findings and ideas. 

The first conversation between three historians based in Italy and the UK will concentrate on themes of violence and the importance of the year 1921. It brings together one of the most important historians of Italian fascism, Paul Corner, with John Foot, one of the leading British historians of modern Italy who is working on violence and Italian fascism, and Simon Martin, who is currently working on the fascist martyr Giovanni Berta (d. 1921). The format will be an open conversation, not a formal talk, and questions will be invited from the audience.

Paul Corner (D.Phil.,Oxford1972) was Professor of European History at the University of Siena from 1987 until his retirement in 2016. He has worked principally on Italian Fascism and, more generally, on totalitarian regimes. Among his publications are Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes (OUP 2009), The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini’s Italy (OUP 2012), and, as editor with Jie-Hyun Lim, The Palgrave Handbook of Mass Dictatorship (Palgrave 2016), He is a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

John Foot is Professor of Modern Italian History, University of Bristol. His book on Italian fascism with be published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Laterza in Italy in 2022.

Simon Martin is a Research Fellow at the British School at Rome and teaches at Trinity College Rome Program. He has worked primarily on Italian fascism and sport and most recently the memory of the regime. His publications include Football and Fascism (Berg, 2004) and Sport Italia. The Italian love affair with sport (Tauris, 2011). His book on the myth, memory and meaning of the Fascist martyr Giovanni Berta will be published in 2022.