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Author Adler, Franklin Hugh, 1944-

Title Italian industrialists from liberalism to fascism : the political development of the industrial bourgeoisie, 1906-1934 / Franklin Hugh Adler.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  322.409450904 ALDE    DUE 14-10-19
Physical description xv, 458 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Associational development during the Giolitti era -- 2. The First World War: a precorporatist experience -- 3. The postwar crisis and the rise of Fascism -- 4. Liberal-Fascism -- 5. Industrialists and nonintegral corporatism.
Summary In tracing the development of industrial associations in Italy from 1906 to 1934, this study challenges traditional interpretations of the rise of Fascism. Unlike other studies on industrialists and Fascism, which begin with the post-World War I crisis of liberalism, Professor Adler reconstitutes the prior relations between industrialists and Italian liberalism and then situates industrialists within the crisis and the subsequent transition to Fascism.
Applying a hermeneutic approach to public and private texts produced by industrial associations, Adler uncovers the industrialists' self-constitution as a class, especially that subjective dimension of their development which accounts for collective consciousness, a sense of agency, and the will to act politically. Particular attention is paid to the ideological dimension of this development; the formative self-understandings, performative practices, and durable dispositions of this class; as well as their strategic, instrumental, and self-interested interventions in social and political life.
Subject Employers' associations -- Political activity -- Italy.
Industrialists -- Political activity -- Italy.
Liberalism -- Italy -- History.
Fascism -- Italy -- History.
Italy -- History -- 1870-1914.
Italy -- History -- 1914-1945.
ISBN 0521434068 (hardback)