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The Provincial Party: Activity and Reputation

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/9780198730699.003.0007
The Provincial Party: Activity and Reputation

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The chapter looks closely at the levels of activity of the local fascist organisations and the degree to which the fascist movement managed to penetrate local society through the use of local traditions festivities, and sport. It then returns to the question of the malfunctioning and paralysis of local party organisations, often because of loss of reputation of local leaders and poor party personnel, concluding that the often frenetic organisation of non-political activities was not reflected, as was intended, in a politicisation of the population. The chapter ends with a survey of the various ways in which the regime was present in the provinces through State agencies (enti) which did not involve the fascist party directly.

Keywords: fascist provincial activities; local traditions; reputation of local fascist leaders; poor personnel; politicisation; paralysis of party; state agencies

Chapter.  22190 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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