Erecting fascism : nation, identity, and space in Trieste in the first half of the twentieth century
Title: Erecting fascism : nation, identity, and space in Trieste in the first half of the twentieth century
Author: KLABJAN, Borut
Citation: Nationalities papers, 2018, Special section : the evolution of nationhood in 20th century Europe: lessons from the Northern Adriatic borderlands, Vol. 46, No. 6, pp. 958-975
ISSN: 0090-5992; 1465-3923
This article discusses the transformation of the urban space after World War I in the former Habsburg port city of Trieste. It reveals the key role played by the newly annexed northeastern Adriatic borderland in the national symbolism of postwar Italy, and it indicates how slogans and notions of Italian nationalism, irredentism, and fascism intertwined and became embodied in the local cultural landscape. The analysis is mostly concentrated on the era between the two world wars, but the aim of the article is to interpret the interwar years as part of longer term historical developments in the region rather than a break in its history. Looking at how monuments, buildings, and spatial planning in general functioned as ideological and national marking, and how this helped to shape the nation in a multi-ethnic town, this article seeks to contribute to a better understanding of changes as well as continuities in the modern history of south-central Europe. It argues that even if the cityscape had undergone drastic changes in its aesthetics after World War I, its ideological language was rooted in prewar nationalism and continued to support the local urban palimpsest in the Cold War.
Published online: 10 January 2019
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