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Introduction

Paul Corner

in The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780198730699
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730699.003.0001
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The Introduction points first to the persistence of strong local and regional differences in Italy after Unification and to the ways in which the powerful centrifugal forces in respect of the Italian State generated by these differences were reflected in the early fascist movement and in its later organisation and functioning. It suggests that the preference given to local priorities was in persistent conflict with the nationalising and centralising project of the fascist regime. The Introduction also presents the second aspect of the book, that of the inefficiency of local fascist officials and their abuse of power, factors which provoke an extremely negative popular reaction.

Keywords: Italy; Fascism; centrifugal forces; nationalising project; centralising project; local fascists; abuse of power; popular reaction

Chapter.  5007 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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