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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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The Crisis of the late 1930s and the ‘Totalitarian Phase’ of Fascism

The Crisis of the late 1930s and the ‘Totalitarian Phase’ of Fascism

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(p.227) 9 The Crisis of the late 1930s and the ‘Totalitarian Phase’ of Fascism
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The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy
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Paul Corner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730699.003.0010

The chapter starts with a survey of fascist policies designed to give a fresh dynamism to a stagnant regime in the later part of the 1930s (these included the Racial Laws of 1938) and then passes to a survey of popular responses to an increasingly ‘totalitarian’ assertion of the regime's authority. It charts mounting hostility to the regime among large sections of the population, tired of fascist rhetoric, disgusted by the behaviour — particularly at the provincial level — of the ‘new caste’ of fascist leaders, and dismayed by the prospect of a generalised European war with fascist Italy fighting alongside Mussolini's ally, Nazi Germany.

Keywords:   totalitarian, Fascism, racial laws, prospect of war, new caste of fascist leaders, alliance with Nazi Germany, popular hostility to Fascism

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