Roma 1922. Il fascismo e la guerra mai finita (Rome 1922. Fascism and the never-ending war)

Marco Mondini, Il Mulino.

For over twenty years, historians of World War I have been questioning the failure of the processes of transition from war to peace in post-1918 Europe, especially in defeated countries (such as Weimar Germany) and among the successors of destroyed empires. In the wake of this tradition, this volume rereads the rise to power of fascism and its culminating act, the march on Rome, as the most macroscopic result of the lacerations never overcome that characterized the Italian participation in the Great War. Experienced by many first of all as an opportunity to regenerate the nation by wiping out internal enemies and traitors, the war did not end with 1918, but it turned very quickly into a bloody civil war. An excellent context for the development and popularity of a political movement with uncertain connotations and ambiguous program, such as fascism, which promised to defend the sacredness of intervention and victory.