When the capital of Tibet was still the mythical «Forbidden City» and Nepal was covered with forests and swamps, when Italy was ruled by the Fascist regime greedily eyeing potential colonial possessions in Asia, a learned and adventurous man was able to enter, alone, where no Western man had set foot before, searching for archaeological treasures from past civilizations.
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        National Television - Rai History: My Interview on Tucci, Kabul, IsMEO, Afghanistan & Gandhara Art

        india d'Afghanistan Asiatica.orgInterview of Enrica Garzilli on Tucci. As you know, Giuseppe Tucci had relationships in Afghanistan – he started the archaeological excavation in the Swat Valley, at the border of Pakistan – and was friend of personalities such as Subhas Chandre Bose, who broadcast from Radio Kabul, too, and came to Italy to speak to Mussolini in order to get support for the armed struggle against the British Raj.

        This morning my friend HR India of Afghanistan called me from Kabul for “Italy: Trip into Beauty” on Tucci and the Gandhara Art, which was born in an area including Afghanistan, broadcast on the Italian national television channel RAI Storia (RAI History – author Massimiliano Griner).
        This is the link to my interview to India titled “Afghanistan, Issues at stake and Viable Solutions: An Interview with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan” on the connection between opium production and foreign powers in the country. Soon I will provide you with the link to the broadcast. Enjoy!

        jsaws

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        ISIAO and IsMEO Library and the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale Giuseppe Tucci Reopen

        I am happy to announce that ISIAO and IsMEO Library and the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale Giuseppe Tucci reopen, the library after 6 years. The library is the prestigious Oriental and African Library of ISIAO, which includes that of IsMEO, hosted by the Central National Library in Rome. It will reopen the ex Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale, which moved from the historical Palazzo Brancaccio to the ex Museo Pigorini, in Rome Eur.
        Here the original script posted in my blogs L’esploratore del Duce, entirely dedicated to Tucci, and Orientalia, which deals with Tucci, Asia, Asian Policy, history – and especially Fascism and Mussolini in Asia, and comments on Asian news. You can also read my blog on Asia on the leading national newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

        ms tucciRiapre la Biblioteca ISIAO e IsMEO di Giuseppe Tucci nella Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma.

        Con grande gioia, come ho già scritto nel blog L’esploratore del Duce dedicato al libro su Tucci, e su Orientalia, annuncio che il 9 maggio 2018 è stata riaperta la Biblioteca dell’ex ISIAO, che comprendeva l’IsMEO, l’Istituto italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente fondato da Mussolini nel 1933, presieduto da Giovanni Gentile fino alla sua uccisione e poi dall’ex vicepresidente esecutivo e direttore dei corsi, Giuseppe Tucci.

        Vedi anche: Video premiazione Premio Acqui Storia: L’esploratore del Duce – Premio Acqui Storia 2016
        –> Le imprese di Giuseppe Tucci, l’Indiana Jones di Mussolini
        –> Franco Cardini e Enrica Garzilli, presentazione de L’esploratore del Duce @ Museo di Storia Naturale – Università Degli Studi di Firenze
        –> Il Museo Nazionale di Arte Orientale Giuseppe Tucci agli Archivi di Stato?

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        Riapre la Biblioteca ISIAO e IsMEO Giuseppe Tucci dopo oltre sei anni dalla chiusura negli spazi della Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma. Purtroppo già oltre 30 anni fa alcuni preziosi manoscritti erano spariti, ma confidiamo che il grosso della collezione di libri e manoscritti, il cui nucleo originario è stato messo insieme da Tucci anche con la donazione della sua stupenda collezione privata, sia ancora intatto. Tucci conobbe il Dalai Lama bambino nel 1948 e dal quel suo ultimo viaggio, e da quelli precedenti, riportò maoscritti, oggetti d’arte e manufatti.

        Quanto al Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale, fondato da Tucci nel 1957, che raccoglie le sue collezioni riportate dalle 8 spedizioni in Tibet e 5 in Nepal e dalle zone di scavo archeologico in Iran, Pakistan e Afghanistan, nonché nel 2000 il lascito di Francesca Bonardi, la terza moglie di Tucci e acquisizioni successive, tutti i suoi beni sono stati trasferiti dalla storica sede di Palazzo Brancaccio, in via Merulana, al Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo (MiBACT), nel Museo Pigorini, fondato da Mussolini, con sede all’Eur.

        Un ministero che ricordo con gran piacere, quando sono andata per settimane e settimane a fare ricerche sui documenti di Mussolini, per la professionalità, preparazione e gentilezza di direttori e bibliotecari. Che mi hanno anche messo a disposizione documenti ancora non rimessi a posto da dopo la II Guerra mondiale. E anche la disponibilità del personale di vigilanza, che mi ha aperto con cordialità quando, immersa nel lavoro, per due volte ho sforato di alcune ore l’orario di chiusura!

        Riapre la Biblioteca ISIAO e IsMEO Giuseppe Tucci e il Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale Giuseppe Tucci. Sono certissima che le due istituzioni nazionali, note per la professionalità, disponibilità e cultura degli addetti, nonché l’accessibilità fisica dei palazzi, siano in grado di preservare, mantenere, ampliare, valorizzare e rendere disponibile al meglio un nostro orgoglio internazionale: il lascito di Giuseppe Tucci.

        Nelle foto: due pezzi conservati nel Museo Nazionale di Arte Orientale, il secondo raffigurante la testa di Buddha del Gandhara

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        Feb

        Franco Cardini on L'esploratore del Duce - Mussolini's Explorer

        The renewed historian Franco Cardini talks of L’esploratore del Duce – translated into English as Mussolini’s Explorer, as ”two terrific, monumental volumes by Enrica Garzilli”. It describes L’esploratore del Duce in a very enthusiastic way. This is a videoclip of RAI 3, TV program “Il tempo e la Storia – L’Oriente in Italia: Tucci e Maraini” – of May 4, 2016.

        As you might know, the book L’esploratore Del Duce talks about Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984), one the main explorers, scholars, Tibetologist, Buddhologist and Indologist of last century, and protagonist of the intellectual and political history of Italy and Asia during Fascism and in the first 40 years of the Republic.

        The book reconstructs 20 years of Italian policy in the South and East Asia, which has been neglected so far: Tucci was the right-hand man of Mussolini in India, Nepal, and before the Anticomintern Pact, and after World War 2 in Japan, too. He also played a role under Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, after the war.

        It also reconstructs the intellectual history and diplomatic relations of Italy and Asia through the relationships Tucci with Benito Mussolini, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Giovanni Gentile, Pandit Nehru, Hem Raj Sharma of Nepal, and the other main protagonists of the history of Asia and Europe.

        The book is being transl. in 9 enlarged and rev. vols. (by T. Portnowitz), Mussolini’ Explorer. The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti (1st ed. Milan, Nov. 2015).

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        Giuseppe Tucci Protagonist of the Twentieth Century

        cap 2 1931c  tucci_consorte TibetGiuseppe Tucci protagonista del Novecento – Teatro Politeama di Tolentino. Saturday 17 h. 5pm in Tolentino (Italy) meeting on Giuseppe Tucci, Mussolini’s Explorer.

        Speakers: I, the philosopher Diego Fusaro and the President of the University of Macerata, the town were Tucci was born.

        My lecture is titled Giuseppe Tucci Scientist, Explorer, Spokesperson of Fascism in the Orient (of course is given in Italian).

        Too bad that you won’t be there!

        (In the picture, Giuseppe Tucci and his second wife Giulia Nuvoloni, Ladakh, ca. 1930)

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        Publishers Who Require an Up Front Payment

        A note published on LinkedIn as well since after working hard on my academic and history books – L’esploratore del Duce, 12 years; Mussolini’s Explorer, 2 – I feel outraged. I received two spamming and expensive glossy letters by this publisher, Gruppo Editoriale Albatros (never heard before) to publish paying an up front payment of 2,780 Eu (200 copies)!
        I have always been paid to make research and to write, I wuld never pay to work!

        And it would be useless money, it’s not even an investment. And I explain why.

        Come autore ho pubblicato 9 libri, fra quelli accademici e L’esploratore del Duce e Mussolini’s Explorer, di storia. 12 + 3 anni di duro lavoro, per questo mi sento un po’ oltraggiata.
        Questo l’ho scritto anche su LinkedIn, spero non mi facciano causa.

        contratto Albatros?

        Oggi ho ricevuto a casa per la seconda volta una posta prioritaria di 7 fogli con lungo pippozzo autocelebrativo, contratto e due opuscoli in cartoncino lucido a colori. Sunto del discorso: pubblica la tua opera (200 copie) per 2.780,00 Eu da pagarsi in una, tre o dieci rate.

        1. Prima di tutto: ma chi ti conosce?? Chi ti ha mai contattato? Mai sentito neanche nominare questo gruppo editoriale!

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        Elliot Sperling, Tibet and Tucci

        SperlingOn January 29, 2017 Elliot Sperling, a great scholar of Tibet, a strong supporter of the Tibetan cause and a friend of mine, passed away. I was lucky enough to spent some time with him at Harvard – where he taught Tibetan Studies, and I remember him as a wonderful man, humble, honest, and generous. While I was writing L’esploratore del Duce, and then Mussolini’s Explorer, he sent me a couple of books and numberless suggestions and clarifications on Tibet. Elliot Sperling thought that it was impossible to know its civilization without reading Tucci’s work.

        It’s a real loss for everybody, not only the academic world, but also all the people devoted to human rights.

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        On Shoah: Giuseppe Tucci, Ernst Bernhard and Antisemitism

        Berndt-imagesA propos of Giuseppe Tucci, the main character of my book Mussolini’s Explorer, and his supposed antisemitism, on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Tucci was a nationalist and a spokesperson of Fascism in India and Japan, however, he was not anti-Semitic.

        The Jewish German psychologist Ernst Bernhard, in his book Mitobiografia (Adelphi 1969 and Bompiani 1977), talking of a premonition dream he had in 1935, writes that in 1941 Tucci saved him from being deported to a Nazi concentration camp from a Fascist camp in Calabria. Thanks to Tucci, Bernhard was able to go back to Rome and live hidden at home.

        The Author

        Enrica Garzilli Enrica Garzilli is a scholar of classical and modern Asia. Harvard Alumna, she holds a degree in Sanskrit and Indology from the Oriental School in Rome, where she studied with Tucci’s most famous disciples. She has taught in leading Universities, and regularly publishes in national and international newspapers, magazines, and TV.

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