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Stabilization in the Provinces: the Party Adapts

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/9780198730699.003.0004
Stabilization in the Provinces: the Party Adapts

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Chapter 3 examines the manner in which Mussolini came to terms with the intransigent provincial leaders following the Matteotti crisi and analyses the stabilisation of the dictatorship under party secretaries Roberto Farinacci and Augusto Turati in the years 1925–30. It shows how discipline was re-established in the fascist ranks and how attempts were made to bring wayward provincial fascist organisations under central control. The chapter stresses the degree to which, despite these efforts, the local and provincial profile of the fascist movement remained strong, reflecting the interests and ambitions of a large number of the provincial fascist rank and file.

Keywords: intransigents; Matteotti; Farinacci; Augusto Turati; dictatorship; provincial fascist movement; fascist party; centralisation

Chapter.  11634 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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