A Companion to Dada and Surrealism (Blackwell Companions to

This wonderful evaluation of latest study on Dada and Surrealism blends specialist synthesis of the most recent scholarship with thoroughly new examine, supplying historic assurance in addition to in-depth dialogue of thematic components starting from illegal activity to gender.

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As early as 1927, he had written an “Open Letter” to Mussolini (282) defended the electrical advertising signs surrounding the piazza del Duomo in Milan—conservative critics had wanted them torn down. ” By 1936, Mussolini’s popularity was probably at its height. The war against Ethiopia had been a success, and the sanctions of the League of Nations had proved ineffective. The regime’s campaign for “autarchy”—relying only on Italian products to mitigate the sanctions’ effects—found its counterpart in a chorus of calls for cultural autarchy.

The heads of the squads opposed the pact, but they lacked a leader with the national stature that Mussolini had acquired; further, he controlled the movement’s newspaper and its national finances, and his behind-the-scenes deals ensured that police turned a blind eye to their actions. Reluctantly, they yielded. In October he took another step to put Fascism on a regular footing by creating the National Fascist Party (Partito Nazionale Fascista, PNF), and Fascism duly became part of a fragile coalition, with thirty-five members in Parliament.

As the crowd of Fascists surged toward the building, a shot rang out from the inside. A policeman went down, part of a cordon protecting the building. The Fascists surged ahead. More shots went off from both sides. The Socialists fled out the back windows while the Fascists broke in from the front. Once inside the press rooms, they destroyed everything—the linotype machines, the offices, the furniture. Then they set it ablaze and left. The day’s actions left three workers and one policeman dead.

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