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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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Perceptions of the Party

Perceptions of the Party

(p.201) 8 Perceptions of the Party
The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy

Paul Corner

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines the popular reactions to the many kinds of abuse of power within the provincial fascist organisations during the 1930s and seeks to illustrate the diverse expressions of political disaffection in a context of increasing apathy. It argues that the discontent with the functioning of the fascist party was also evident among fascists themselves, as is made clear by the open criticisms of the malfunctioning of the local federations and the arguments about the direction Fascism should take in the future. The chapter also looks at the role of the so-called ‘second generation’ of young fascists and examines their attitudes towards the regime.

Keywords:   popular opinion, Fascism, apathy, disaffection, second generation fascists, discontent among fascists

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