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A tale of two cities? Gabriele D’Annunzio in Rijeka and Fiume

To ask whether Gabriele D’Annunzio was a fascist or not is to pose the wrong question. Much more important is to ask why he marched in 1919 under arms into a contested city, and why did he brazenly insist on the political and cultural superiority of only one of that city’s ethnic groups.

In the early morning of Thursday September 12th 2019 a group of young Italian men in black t-shirts unfurled a large Italian flag in front of the former Governor’s Palace in the Croatian port city of Rijeka. They took a few group selfies and then quietly disappeared, their photos appearing on news sites throughout Italy and Croatia a few hours later.
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November 12, 2019 - Jonathan Bousfield - History and MemoryIssue 6 2019Magazine

The inhabitants of Fiume cheering D'annunzio and his raiders CC/Public Domain

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