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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!



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).


Mussolini's Explorer Given National Recognition in the 49th Premio Acqui History Prize

L’esploratore del Duce, the Italian full version of Mussolini’s Explorer: The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti (Vol. 1), has given national recognition in the 49th Premio Acqui Storia prize. It was shortlisted in the History Scientific Session and the reading panel of 60 members awarded it a special plaque as the most read history book. Thanks!

Here you can read the full report of the ceremony held in Acqui Terme on Saturday, October 15, 2016. It includes the photos of some VIPs. Below the picture of all the prizewinners and my plaque.

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Countdown: This is the Book Cover of Il Duce's Explorer

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In a few days Il Duce’s Explorer: The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti should be out. Yesterday the graphic designer has finished the cover and today the whole book should go to the printer.

The book is the 1st out of 9 volumes and it’s the enlarged and revised English translation of the Italian book L’Esploratore del Duce. In this version I have also added some 50 original photos.

The endorsement on the back cover has been written by Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, whom I thank.
I want also to thank Paul Arpaia, Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and H-Italy Editor, Guglielmo Duccoli, Director of L’Illustrazione Italiana, and Sumit Guha, Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin and H-Asia Editor, who have both written very flattery words on this book, which are included in the first page after the inside front cover. All the above mentioned scholars have also read the Italian book.

As Italy takes up arms and Mussolini sets his eye on supplanting the British Crown – a fact elegantly and rigorously uncovered by Garzilli in these pages – Giuseppe Tucci manages to maneuver his way through the treacherous landscapes of the Himalayas and of Fascist politics to emerge as the country’s foremost scholar and archaeologist of the Orient. His achievement is monumental, and Garzilli’s monumental biography brings him joyously to life, through archival documents, personal letters, travelogues, lectures, interviews, articles, photographs, films, and her own tireless travels. Here is a hunt in search of a hunter. (Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University)


Giuseppe Tucci – the Man

Well, later Mussolini_biografiaI will tell you more details on who was him as a man… For the time being it’s enough to know that he was a very charismatic, arrogant and very self-confident man, proud of his bright intelligence, very talented in languages and… although he was very short, he was a real womanizer!

He had three wives – Rosa De Benedetto, Giulia Nuvoloni and Francesca Bonardi, and so many lovers!

He was a kind of a hunter for women. Sure, at the time the Italian society was strongly patriarchal – it still partly is – and the too many affairs of Benito Mussolini, the country Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943, were a symbol of virility for all Italians.
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Still, Tucci’s affairs stood out.

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Who was Giuseppe Tucci? Scholar, Explorer, Director of IsMEO, Mussolini's Spokesman

images (2)Tucci was one of the most prominent scholars of 20th century. A native of Italy, from the small town of Macerata, his name and his work are known throughout the world.

Tucci was an explorer in the Himalayan countries during the Fascist regime and the golden years of Christian Democracy, when foreigners were still barred entrance into those lands. He spoke and read in numerous languages, ancient and modern, and was a voracious scholar and insatiable collector of books, manuscripts, art works and archeological artifacts, whether Buddhist, Hindu, Bon, Iranian, Japanese, or from the vast regions of central, southern, and eastern Asia.

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