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Fascism, Aviation and Mythical Modernity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 1-46
  3. Longing for Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 115-119
  4. Fractured Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 123-165
    3. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 166-209
    4. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 268-270
  5. Eternal Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 273-347
    3. Fernando Esposito
      Pages 348-376
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-419

About this book


Flying and the pilot were significant metaphors of fascism's mythical modernity. Fernando Esposito traces the changing meanings of these highly charged symbols from the air show in Brescia, to the sky above the trenches of the First World War to the violent ideological clashes of the interwar period.


Fascism modernity aviation order myth Gabriele D'Annunzio Aby Warburg Futurism Ernst Jünger Manfred von Richthofen fascism First World War work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universität TübingenGermany

About the authors

Fernando Esposito is Lecturer at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“Fernando Esposito’s important and complex study, based on his dissertation, picks up on the theme of machine dreams Peter Fritzsche first presented some two decades ago but seeks to integrate it with Roger Griffin’s definition of Fascism as the palingenesis of the nation. … not only students of Fascist discourse but those seeking to understand the many cultures of early aeronautics will benefit from it.” (Guillaume de Syon, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 89 (3), September, 2017)

“Its profundity, sophistication and scholarship draw on and will serve academics in both the humanities and social sciences – in politics, philosophy, history, cultural studies, transport history, art and architecture, and European studies of various stripes. For transport historians, it is a signal treatment of the ideological machinations and artistic ailerons of aviation. For Italian studies, Esposito’s book is a rich source of evidence and a provocative analysis of a strand of ideas and performances that buoyed fascism.” (Gordon Pirie, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Vol. 22 (3), June, 2017)

“Fernando Esposito’s book explores the centrality of aviation to inter-war fascist ideology. … It is a valuable addition to studies on fascism and aviation, and, more broadly, will also be of interest to readers looking for sophisticated analyses of the interplay between technology and ideology.” (W. Zaidi, English Historical Review, Vol. 132 (556), June, 2017)