In the Society of Fascists: Acclamation, Acquiescence, and Agency in Mussolini's Italy

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

EditorRoberta Pergher, Giulia Albanese

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It has been a commonplace in Italian scholarship that Fascism enjoyed its long tenure not through terror but because of widespread popular consensus. By contrast a recent wave of research has reintroduced the notion of 'totalitarianism' to discussions of Mussolini's regime—yet often without testing the degree of active participation or opposition. So what was the relationship between Fascists and followers, party and people? Bringing together young Italian scholars—many appearing for the first time in English—engaged in new research on both elites and ordinary people, this volume offers a wide-ranging, in-depth analysis of Italian society's involvement in Fascism.

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It has been a commonplace in Italian scholarship that Fascism enjoyed its long tenure not through terror but because of widespread popular consensus. By contrast a recent wave of research has reintroduced the notion of 'totalitarianism' to discussions of Mussolini's regime—yet often without testing the degree of active participation or...

Giulia Albanese is an assistant professor at the University of Padova. Her research focuses on the origins of fascism, political violence, and authoritarian cultures. Currently she works on a comparative study examining political violence and institutional crisis in Spain, Portugal, and Italy in the 1920s. She is the author of  La Mar...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 8.92 × 5.73 × 0.77 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023039292X

ISBN - 13:9780230392922

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Historians, Fascism, and Italian Society: Mapping the Limits of Consent - Roberta Pergher and Giulia AlbaneseBorghesi in Uniform: Masculinity, Militarism, and the Brutalization of Politics from World War I to the Rise of Fascism—Lorenzo BenadusiViolence and Political Participation during the Rise of Fascism (1919-1926)—Giulia AlbaneseConsent, Mobilization, and Participation: The Rise of the Middle Class and its Support for the Fascist Regime—Tommaso BarisNeither Bluff nor Revolution: The Corporations and the Consolidation of the Fascist Regime (1925-1926)—Matteo PasettiThe Entrepreneurial Bourgeoisie and Fascism—Alessio GagliardiThe Allure of the Welfare State—Chiara GiorgiThe "New Racist Man": Italian Society and the Fascist Anti-Jewish Laws—Valeria GalimiThe Consent of Memory: Recovering Fascist-Settler Relations in Libya—Roberta PergherThe Royal Army's Betrayal? Two Different Italian Policies in Yugoslavia (1941-1943)—Eric GobettiClio Among the Camicie Nere: Italian Historians and their Allegiances to Fascism (1930s-1940s)—Margherita Angelini

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"The contributing authors are young scholars, most of them Italian, and their essays showcase important recent approaches to the study of Italian fascism. Some of the chapters draw on their authors' previously published Italian langauge monographs, while others represent newer, ongoing research. The book thus serves to introduce English-language scholars to a new generation of scholarship that builds upon but also moves beyond earlier debates and approaches." - Journal of Modern Italian Studies