In the Marketplace: Fascist Socialization and Consent in Carpi
Primo Levi begins his short story “Small Causes” by sharing a conversation he had with a group of friends on the influence that a seemingly innocuous occurrence can have on history. He writes, “small causes can have a determining effect on individual histories, just as moving the pointer of a railroad switch by a few inches can shunt a train with one thousand passengers aboard to Madrid instead of Hamburg.” Levi contends that looking back on the definitive past it is easy to theorize what might have been if things had been different.1
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