Era Fascista

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A Fascist-period Italian coin dated MCMXXVIII A.VI
A sun dial in Cavalese, Trento, dated MCMXXXIX XVII E F

The Era Fascista ("Fascist Era") was a calendar era (year numbering) used in Fascist Italy. The March on Rome, or more precisely the accession of Mussolini as prime minister on 29 October 1922, is day 1 of Anno I of the Era Fascista. The calendar was introduced in 1926 and became official in Anno V (1927).[1] Each year of the Era Fascista was an Anno Fascista, abbreviated A.F.[2][3]

The Era Fascista calendar was inspired by the French Republican calendar.[4]

Era Fascista dates often consisted of the Gregorian date followed by the corresponding Era Fascista year in Roman numerals, as part of Fascist propaganda's appropriation of ancient Roman iconography. The Era Fascista year was sometimes written as "Anno XIX", "A. XIX", or marked "E.F."[5] The calendar was intended to replace the "bourgeois" Gregorian calendar in Italian public life to the extent that, in 1939, newspapers were forbidden to write about New Year's Day.[6]

A plaque with fasces on the Teatro di Marcello dated A. VII E.F.

The tenth anniversary of the March on Rome, Anno X, was called the Decennale (evoking the ancient Roman Decennalia). The propaganda centerpiece of Anno X was the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution.[7]

The calendar was abandoned in most of Italy with the fall of Fascism in 1943 (Anno XXI), but continued to be used in the rump Republic of Salò until the death of Mussolini in April 1945 (Anno XXIII).[8]

Many monuments in Italy still bear Era Fascista dates.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Edgardo Baldi, Aldo Cerchiari, Enciclopedia moderna italiana, p. 1306
  2. ^ Adriano Cappelli, Cronologia, cronografia e calendario perpetuo, Hoepli, 1998, p. 131
  3. ^ Matthew Kneale, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings, Simon and Schuster, 2018, p. 296
  4. ^ Philip V. Cannistraro, "Mussolini's cultural revolution: fascist or nationalist?" in Roger Griffin, Matthew Feldman, eds., Fascism: Fascism and Culture in Fascism: Critical Concept in Political Science 3:194, ISBN 041529018X
  5. ^ Catherine E. Paul, Fascist Directive: Ezra Pound and Italian Cultural Nationalism, 2016, ISBN 9781942954057, p. 114
  6. ^ Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy, 2000, ISBN 0520226771, p. 105
  7. ^ B. Painter, Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City, ISBN 1403976910, 2016, p. 26
  8. ^ Paolo Monelli, Mussolini: An Intimate Life, 1953, p. 288