Provincial Battles: Problems in the Party

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:
Provincial Battles: Problems in the Party

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The chapter deals with the internal workings of provincial fascist party organisations and highlights the degree to which many local federations were characterised by permanent factionalism and infighting (beghismo) among the local fascists. It looks at the strategies which central party organs adopted in the attempt to control local factionalism but concludes that such strategies were often unsuccessful because the struggle for local power always remained very strong. The chapter also examines the ways in which this factionalism often hindered and even paralysed the operations of the local party and discouraged participation in politics. It ends with a brief comparison of the roles of the PNF in Italy and the NSDAP in Nazi Germany at the local level.

Keywords: provincial fascist party; factionalism; Beghismo; paralysis of party; local power; PNF; NSDAP

Chapter.  17138 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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