The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Quickly) Built A kingdom

The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Quickly) Built A kingdom

Gabriele d’Annunzio pioneered the politics for the spectacle.

The poet that is young d’Annunzio. Credit Credit Henri Le Lieure/Alinari, via Getty Images

By Tara Isabella Burton

Dr. Burton is an editor that is contributing The United states Interest and a columnist at Religion Information provider.

A hundred years back this autumn, a hollywood showman became a strongman. The womanizing, profligate Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, that has turn into a hero of World War I by airdropping their own propagandistic poetry over Vienna, marched in to the Hapsburg town of Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) and declared himself its leader.

Fiume’s status that is postwar held it’s place in dispute for months. Both the Kingdom of Italy in addition to Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) stated the town, that has been bulk Italian but had a big population that is croatian. For Italian nationalists, Fiume was area of the “irredenti,” or unredeemed, regions: Italian lands waiting to be reported by Italians.

Enter d’Annunzio. […]