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The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy$
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Paul Corner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198730699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730699.001.0001

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Growing Disjunctions: PNF Rule and Popular Reaction

Growing Disjunctions: PNF Rule and Popular Reaction

(p.171) 7 Growing Disjunctions: PNF Rule and Popular Reaction
The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy

Paul Corner

Oxford University Press

After a brief survey of the sources available for the assessment of popular opinion under the regime, the chapter examines the growing divide which developed during the 1930s between the regime and a large part of the population. This is related in the text to the image of the PNF at local level and to the arrogant and corrupt behaviour of many of the local fascist leaders. The chapter looks at the responses of the population to the invasion and conquest of Ethiopia in 1935-6 and concludes that, contrary to general opinion, the acquisition of Empire did not substantially repair the growing disaffection with the regime or heal the rift between the fascist party and the people.

Keywords:   popular opinion, fascist party, Ethiopia, empire, fascist corruption, disaffection with regime, spies, sources for opinion

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