Combattentismo: the Fascism and the Origins of the Concept

Author/s Angel Alcalde
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/281
Language Italian Pages 22 P. 9-30 File size 167 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2016-281001
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Relying on conceptual history, this article explores the historical origins of the concept of "combattentismo", which is clearly related to fascism. Conceptual-historical analysis allows the author to adopt a critical position regarding the use of “combattentismo” as a working concept in historiography. Even if it is used by historians to describe the events of 1919-1922, this word cannot be found in historical sources dating from those years. However, by studying sources from the 1920s and 1930s, the article reveals the existence of an important political debate around the very concept of “combattentismo”, from 1923 onwards. This discursive struggle was a symptom of the existing conflicts between the war veterans' movement and fascism. The article concludes with a more precise conceptualization of the notion of "combattentismo".

Keywords: Combattentismo; fascism; conceptual history; war veterans; 1919-1922

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Angel Alcalde, Combattentismo: il fascismo e le origini di un concetto in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 281/2016, pp 9-30, DOI: 10.3280/IC2016-281001