Journal title TEORIA POLITICA
Author/s Fabrizio Battistelli
Publishing Year 1 Issue 2000/1 Language Italian
Pages 23 P. File size 68 KB
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In the present debate on Italian identity a point is manifestly missing: the mutual relationship between identity and military spirit. The essay tries to shed light on the factors underlying the representation widely spread within the country and abroad, up to which Italians lack military spirit. The crucial factor is identified in individualism, a constitutive element of Italian culture which, quite functional in many fields, proves to be not functional in an highly cooperative endeavor as the army. Paradoxically, for some weird historical reasons, army life has proved to strenghten individualism, rather than weakening it, both in the different ideologies present in military policy, left-wing (garibaldinismo), right-wing (dannunzianesimo, fascism), and the official ideology of the military (idealism).
Fabrizio Battistelli, Ethnos e polemos. Perché gli italiani non hanno spirito militare? in "TEORIA POLITICA" 1/2000, pp , DOI: