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The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy

Paul Corner


The enigma of how ordinary people related to would-be totalitarian regimes is still far from being resolved. The tension between repression and consensus renders analysis difficult; where one ends and the other begins is never easy to determine. In the case of fascist Italy, recent scholarship has tended to tilt the balance in favour of popular consensus for the regime, identifying in the ideological and cultural aspects of Mussolini's rule a ‘political religion’ which bound the population to the fascist leader. This book presents a different picture. While in no way underestimating the force ... More

Keywords: Italy, totalitarian, fascist project, real existing Fascism, fascist party, local fascist movement, consensus, popular resentment of fascism, abuse of power, corruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198730699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Corner, author
Professor of European History, University of Siena