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Paramilitary Violence in Italy: The Rationale of Fascism and the Origins of Totalitarianism

Emilio Gentile

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0006

Series: The Greater War

Paramilitary Violence in Italy: The Rationale of Fascism and the Origins of Totalitarianism

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Italy was the first liberal country in which a paramilitary movement assumed power. In his contribution to this volume Emilio Gentile demonstrates how the practice and culture of paramilitary violence paved the way for the emergence, expansion and success of fascism and, consequently, for the laying of the foundations of a new type of political regime in Italy that opened the way to the rise of totalitarianism in Western Europe.

Keywords: fascism; totalitarianism; Italy; Mussolini; Arditi

Chapter.  10103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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