IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Fascist Encounters with the USSR and Stalinism, 1928-1936, by Dr Jorge Dagnino (University of San Sebastian, Chile)
October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IAS Fellows’ Seminar by Dr Jorge Dagnino (University of San Sebastian, Chile)
Few scholars have ventured into the realm of the reception and representations of the USSR among Italian Fascists during the years 1928–36; that is, between Stalin’s consolidation of power and the Spanish Civil War. This seminar contends that far from being absolute antagonists from the very beginnings, many Fascists found aspects of Stalinism and the USSR instructive and impressive. While for some the USSR represented a genuine attempt to revolutionize the social, economic, and cultural structures of everyday life, for others the revolutionary credentials of the Soviets were a sham. It was precisely the complex nature of these interpretations that gave Fascist visions of the USSR their nuance and open-mindedness. Finally, this seminar argues that the representations that emerged during these pivotal years convinced many Fascists that theirs was the “correct” and “superior” form of interpreting and enacting the totalitarian aspirations embedded in the modern revolutionary tradition.
Places are limited and so any academic colleagues or students interested in attending in person should register HERE.