Book 'War, the world's only hygiene'
This book by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944) was first published in Paris in 1909, and reprinted in Italian in 1915 for propaganda purposes. It is a collection of posters and texts focused on patriotism, the military, war, and anti-socialist and anti-clerical campaigns. Its aim was to prepare ‘an Italy bigger, stronger, more advanced and more innovating, an Italy freed from its glorious past and able to create a new immense future’.
Marinetti was an Italian poet and author, and a key figure in the Futurist Movement. The movement envisaged a future dominated by technology, industry, speed, violence and youth. In his Futurist Manifesto (1909), Marinetti wrote ‘We will glorify war – the world’s only hygiene’, part of which can be seen on the cover of this collection. Marinetti had a strong nationalist anti-parliamentary and undemocratic ideology. He supported an intense campaign in favour of Italy joining the war.
L'opera fu pubblicata la prima volta a Parigi nel 1909, pubblicata in italiano a scopo propagandistico nel 1915. Consiste in una raccolta completa di manifesti e testi pubblicati precedentemente (interventismo futurista). Veniva glorificato il patriottismo, l'esercito e la guerra; portata avanti una campagna anticlericale e antisocialista per preparare "un'Italia più grande, più forte, più progredita e più novatrice, una Italia liberata dal suo passato illustre, e perciò atta a crearsi un futuro immenso".
Per il futurista Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, autore del volume la guerra è considerata come “la sola igiene del mondo”. Di accesa ideologia nazionalista, antiparlamentare e antidemocratica, Marinetti sostenne in Italia un intensa campagna interventista a favore dell’entrata in guerra.
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