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The Flight from the Enchanter

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/9780198730699.003.0011
The Flight from the Enchanter

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The chapter examines the cult of the Duce, generated during the 1930s, and then looks at the decline in Mussolini's popularity in the closing years of the 1930s and of the awareness among fascists of the implications of this decline for the future of the regime. It surveys the state of popular opinion during the period of non-belligerence and examines the ever-increasing hostility of the population to the regime. The inability of the fascist party to react to this hostility, either at local or at national level, is analysed, as is the growing criticism of the actions of the fascist party by party officials themselves. The chapter concludes with evidence of the failure of the party to realise its declared objectives

Keywords: cult of the Duce; popular opinion; decline of Mussolini; fascist party; Italian non-belligerence; failure of party

Chapter.  17021 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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