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Raffaele Pettazzoni And The History Of Religions In Fascist Italy (1928–1938)

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Raffaele Pettazzoni, who had lost his Catholic faith during his studies in Bologna but who would never lose his interest in religious matters, clearly stands out as one of the towering figures of the history of the history of religions in the 20th century. Moreover, Pettazzoni was instrumental to establishing lasting elements of the discipline's scholarly infrastructure both on an international and a national scale. Since 1914, Pettazzoni had been teaching the history of religions at the University of Bologna. Indeed, from his earlier biography it seems that nothing points to any fascist leanings of Pettazzoni and that he remained committed to the socialist ideas of his student years. Pettazzoni's main scholarly projects such as his work on the confession of sins remained unaffected by the fascist environment. For a moment Pettazzoni was prepared to play on the official politics of the fascist government in order to achieve his goal.

Keywords: Catholic faith; fascist environment; fascist Italy; Raffaele Pettazzoni



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