This essay analyses the literature on the foibe to illustrate a political use of human remains. The foibe are the deep karstic pits in Istria and around Trieste where Yugoslavian Communist troops disposed of Italians they executed en masse during World War II. By comparing contemporary literature on the foibe to a selection of archival reports of foibe exhumation processes it will be argued that the foibe literature popular in Italy today serves a political rather than informational purpose. Counterpublic theory will be applied to examine how the recent increase in popular foibe literature brought the identity of the esuli, one of Italy‘s subaltern counterpublics, to the national stage. The paper argues that by employing the narrative structure of the Holocaust, contemporary literature on the foibe attempts to recast Italy as a counterpublic in the wider European public sphere, presenting Italy as an unrecognised victim in World War II.

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with the views adopted by the Vice-Chancellor in 1981 – to the effect that the best way to impress the Government was not to demonstrate on the streets but to lobby behind the scenes. Much of the fiercest campaigning, by Woolton Hall, was in the name of a traditional order, rather than in favour of change. Sexism rivalled, perhaps even replaced, racism and fascism as the principal target of progressive thinkers in the 1980s; it too was recognised chap 12 23/9/03 292 1:19 pm Page 292 The 1980s as an evil which flourished within the University as well as outside

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front strategy in which all enemies of fascism – socialist and non-socialist – would seek to unite in order to defeat the greater enemy. This reversal in the policy of the Communist International demanded also that hostility to the colonialism of the western European powers be suspended, winding back across the globe Moscow’s support for anti-imperialist campaigns. In consequence, the Negro

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Nursing and medical records in the Imperial War in Ethiopia (1935–36)

organised and even worse equipped, could do nothing against an expeditionary force that came to commit around 400,000 men and made extensive use of armoured vehicles, air force and poison gas.10 On 31 March 1936, the Ethiopian Army was defeated and on 5 May Italian troops occupied the capital, Addis Ababa. In 1936, fascism reached its peak in terms of support from the Italian people and, at the same time, fostered intolerance against anything that dared to challenge the regime. During his proclamation of the empire speech in Rome on 9 May, Mussolini’s rhetoric inflamed

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, but rather at raising its moral stature and freeing it from any taint of racism. This was one of five cankers of the commonwealth: others, providing the boo-words of student politics, were bureaucracy, elitism, fascism and sexism. None of these evils was precisely defined. One correspondent complained to Mancunion that ‘The word “bureaucratic” seems to have a unique meaning in the Manchester dialect. Broadly translated it amounts to “things we don’t like”.’ She might have said the same of the other favourite targets of radical invective. But fascism did begin to

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, from the inter-war period, to be one of ideological division and confrontation – no longer mainly between fascism and communism, but between communism on the one hand, and capitalism and democracy on the other. The United States’ creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in 1949 together with eleven West European countries merely confirmed the American commitment to the old continent as manifested through the Marshall Plan. Based on the Washington agreement, NATO committed the participating countries to consider ‘an attack on one of them as an attack

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totalitarianism, and the ‘Fascism of the Left’ was as much to be feared. In debate, some students argued that tyranny was a perversion of Marxism, but essential to Fascism, and so the discriminate treatment of the conflicting ideologies could be justified. As John O’Farrell wrote in his account of eighteen miserable years as a Labour supporter, the great Voltairean principle of free speech was giving way to another – ‘I don’t agree with what you say, and you can’t say it because you’re a Fascist’. In 1981 Geoff Glover, a member of the Union Executive, felt moved to explain a

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1930s, important though the Labour Party was in the political affiliations of the working class, it was not the sole contender for those affiliations. This was a time of growth for other ideologies, notably fascism, communism and Celtic nationalism. Any calculation of the strength of popular attachment to the chap1.p65 26 16/09/02, 09:23 WAR IMAGINED 27 existing political and constitutional order, therefore, properly needed to assess the pull of these rejectionist ideologies. By the time the sides in the looming conflict had roughly formed themselves, the

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black, Christ had died for all without exception. 19 In the 1930s, at a time when fascism and Communism appealed to corporate identity, Moody stressed Christianity’s emphasis on individual worth, arguing that Jesus Christ had said ‘the very hairs on your head are numbered’, and more pointedly, Moody claimed, that ‘Every one is a child for whom Christ died’. 20 Christian redemption was for all without

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private lives – in developing more humane and caring attitudes towards each other. They are worried by the rise of fascism [in the form of the National Front], but are generally more contemplative and less active.’ Some students wanted to encourage collaboration rather than competition. Hence, in 1974 those sitting on a Senate Working Party on assessment argued against the traditional system of classifying degrees in steps which descended from first-class honours to the ordinary degree. They pleaded unsuccessfully for some kind of profiling system which would identify

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