‘Back to our roots’ or self-confessed manipulation? The uses of the past in the Lega Nord's positing of Padania

  title={‘Back to our roots’ or self-confessed manipulation? The uses of the past in the Lega Nord's positing of Padania},
  author={Daniele Albertazzi},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={21 - 39}
The Italian populist movement Lega Nord once famously claimed that the north of Italy was a nation (‘Padania’) that should be granted independence. Padania was posited by the party through a combination of outrageous anti-Italian statements, gatherings in places of historic and symbolic significance and through the selective appropriation of the past. This article takes this new ‘nation’ as a case study through which to further our understanding of the discursive strategies of nationalist… Expand
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