Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

Television, Power and Patrimony

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Silvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and, most recently, the man who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration-camp guard—small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy.

Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy’s foremost historian, explains here why we should take Berlusconi seriously. His new book combines historical narrative Berlusconi’s childhood in the dyna-mic and paternalist Milanese bourgeoisie, his strict religious schooling, a working life which has encompassed crooning, large construction projects and the creation of a commercial television empirewith careful analysis of Berlusconi’s political development.

While never forgetting the italianita of Berlusconi’s trajectory, he argues that the Italian example is highly instructive for all modern societies. What Berlusconi represents—the relationship between the media system and politics, the nature of personal dominion at a time of crisis in representative democracy, the connection between the consumer world, families and politics, and the exploitation of the wide-open spaces left by the strategic weaknesses of modern left-wing politics—are, Ginsborg suggests, near-universal.

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Silvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and, most recently, the man who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration-camp guard—small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy.

Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy's foremost historian, explains here why we should take Berlusconi seriously. His new book combines historical narrative Berlusconi's childhood in the dyna-mic and paternalist Milanese bourgeoisie, his strict religious schooling, a working life which has encompassed crooning, large construction projects and the creation of a commercial television empirewith careful analysis of Berlusconi's political development.

While never forgetting the italianita of Berlusconi's trajectory, he argues that the Italian example is highly instructive for all modern societies. What Berlusconi represents—the relationship between the media system and politics, the nature of personal dominion at a time of crisis in representative democracy, the connection between the consumer world, families and politics, and the exploitation of the wide-open spaces left by the strategic weaknesses of modern left-wing politics—are, Ginsborg suggests, near-universal.


This succinct and lucid account is a history of Mr. Berlusconi's trajectory to power and an analysis of how his business interests ... and his privatization ideologies form a coherent project for political and cultural dominance.

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The reason for studying the political biography of Italian Prime Minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi go beyond the specific facts of his personal career or even Italian national politics, intimates Ginsborg (history, Florence U., Italy). For him, Berlusconi represents the threat of the rise of new form of fascism, a politico-media regime that may be the prototype for a fascist resurgence in many other industrial democracies. He analyzes how Berlusconi forged his television empire and leveraged that empire into grabbing political power. He then sets Berlusconi's career within the context of left and right politics in Italy and assesses the danger that the Berlusconi phenomenon poses to Italian democracy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ; New York, N.Y. : Verso, 2004
ISBN: 9781844670000
1844670007
Branch Call Number: 945.093092 BER
Characteristics: xvi, 189 p. ; 20 cm

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