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Mussolini's Explorer: The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti. (Volume 1) 1st Edition

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"Giuseppe Tucci has long been known as a foundational figure in the European discovery of India and Tibet as well as founder of IsMEO. This exhaustive new biographical study tells us much more about the academic side of his achievements, but also about his little-known collaborations with Mussolini and his sponsorship of Indian luminaries' visits to Fascist Italy. It will be indispensable for anyone seeking a complete understanding of Orientalist enterprises in the early twentieth century."
--Sumit Guha, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin

"Enrica Garzilli's compelling biography of Giuseppe Tucci reconstructs the life of Fascism in Asia and of preeminent explorer-scholar who traveled widely in India, Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan, Japan, Pakistan and Iran. Few scholars today have Garzilli's enormous breadth to weave together Tucci s contributions in history, linguistics, archeology, philosophy and anthropology under Fascist Italy and the Italian Republic."
--Paul Arpaia, Professor of History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"As Italy takes up arms and Mussolini sets his eye on supplanting the British Crown a fact elegantly and rigorously uncovered by Garzilli in these pages Giuseppe Tucci manages to maneuver his way through the treacherous landscapes of the Himalayas and of Fascist politics to emerge as the country's foremost scholar and archaeologist of the Orient. His achievement is monumental, and Garzilli's monumental biography brings him joyously to life, through archival documents, personal letters, travelogues, lectures, interviews, articles, photographs, films, and her own tireless travels. Here is a hunt in search of a hunter. "
--Michael Witzel, Wales Prof. of Sanskrit, Harvard University

About the Author

Enrica Garzilli is a specialist of Indology and modern Asian studies, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Tantric Studies and the Journal of South Asia Women Studies, a former professor at the universities of Delhi, Perugia, Harvard, and Turin, and author of the first official biography of Giuseppe Tucci. She graduated in Sanskrit (Doctor, 110/110) from the University of Rome La Sapienza with Raniero Gnoli, Giuseppe Tucci’s most beloved pupil, and studied with other of his renowned students as well, including the art historian Mario Bussagli, and the famed Tibetologist Luciano Petech. In 1989 she published her thesis, The Spandasamdoha of Ksemaraja, a critical edition and translation of the 12th-century philosophical text in Sanskrit. Following graduation, she went on to take a post-doc Master in Computer Science for the Humanities at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and later received a post-doc Master in History from the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Among her professors were the great historians Giovanni Pugliese Carratelli and Jacques Le Goff. She was also the recipient of a fellowship from the Cultural Exchange Program between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of India, as Research Affiliate at the University of Delhi. During her fifteen-year teaching career, she has been a professor at various Italian and foreign universities, teaching principally Sanskrit, Indian Studies, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, History of Indian Law, Human Rights, and the History of Asia. From her initial studies of ancient South Asia—India and Nepal—she has since broadened her geopolitical and temporal horizons to cover contemporary times and countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tibet (or what is now the Tibet Autonomous Region or Xizang, a region of the People’s Republic of China). While teaching, she persisted in her studies and was admitted to the Graduate Program at Harvard Law School as a Visiting Researcher (y. 1994–1996), attending courses on International Law and Human Rights. Thanks to her years spent in Asia, she has become increasingly interested in contemporary politics, its institutions and its relations with the West. From 2002 she began researching and publishing on contemporary India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since 2006 she has been publishing on Asia in leading Italian newspapers and magazines such as Limes, the Institute for International Policy Studies, Il Sole 24 Ore, and Il Fatto quotidiano.

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  • Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
  • Paperback : 332 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 8890022698
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8890022692
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Asiatica Association; 1st edition (May 13, 2016)
  • Language: : English
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