Antisemitism and Fantasies of National Purity from Mussolini to the Present

February 23, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Speaker/Performer: 
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies, New York University
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The Benjamin (Yale 1962) and Barbara Zucker Lecture Series
This talk will examine the place of fantasies of national purity in selected authoritarian states from Mussolini to the present, and how racial legislation and propaganda, such as that directed at Jews, factors into this larger context. We will look at the three timeframes and states of mind strongman leaders leverage: utopia, nostalgia, and crisis.

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