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Ancient Rome and the modern Italian state, ideological placemaking, archaeology, and architecture, 1870-1945, Alessandro Sebastiani.

In this book, Alessandro Sebastiani examines how architecture and urbanism can be used to construct national identity. Using Rome as his case study, he explores how the city was transformed to accommodate different political ideologies in the period from 1870 to the end of World War II. After unification, Rome's classical architecture served as a reference point, guiding transformations of the urban fabric that met contemporary needs but also supported the agenda of the newly-formed Italian state. The advent of fascist state in the 1920s ushered in a different order of ideological placemaking. The monuments of ancient Roman were isolated in order to enhance their structural elegance, a scheme that powerfully conveyed political messages in support of Mussolini's regime. Sebastiani's volume offers a new approach to understanding the sophisticated relationships between archeology, urban planning, and politics within the city of Rome. Moreover, it highlights the consequences of suppressing historical evidence from monuments and archaeological sites
Table Of Contents
Acknowledgements -- List of figures -- Preface -- Structure of the book -- Placemaking: an introduction -- Ideological placemaking: narratives and agents (1870-1945) -- Post-unification placemaking (1870-1922) -- Reclaiming historical identities of four classical monuments -- The Fascist placemaking of four classical monument (1922-1945) -- The Fascist placemaking: new architecture -- Afterword -- Bibliography -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 12 Jul 2023)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xxix, 274 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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