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Everyday Life in Fascist Venice, 1929-40 [Hardcover]

Dr Kate Ferris
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4 May 2012
Pictures of Italians in piazzas listening to the Duce's speeches and waving at rallies are commonplace, but behind such stock images how far were Italians' daily lives actually touched by fascism? How far were their world views radically altered and reshaped by the regime? This book explores the day-to-day 'lived experience' of fascism in the city of Venice during the 1930s. It charts the attempts of the fascist regime to infiltrate and reshape Venetians' everyday lives, their attitudes and beliefs. Crucially, the intentions of the regime are compared with the responses of 'ordinary' Venetians to the intrusions of the fascist state into their daily lives, revealing the complexities of the reality of everyday life under fascism.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230232868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230232860
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,823,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book explores the day-to-day 'lived experience' of fascism in Venice during the 1930s

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KATE FERRIS Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of St Andrews, UK, with research and teaching interests in modern Italian and Spanish history.

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Paul Corner recently stressed that despite national rhetoric in Fascism, Fascist Italy remained a myriad of diverse localities each led by local chiefs The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy. Kate Ferris' Everyday Life in Fascist Venice, 1929-40 refines both Renzo De Felice's general idea that the Ethiopian War was the height of the dictatorship's consensus Mussolini il duce. Gli anni del consenso 1929-1936, and Emilio Gentile's assertion that the regime's attempt to "sacralise " politics, instilling a sense of faith, love and spiritual devotion, which with the apparatus of the Roman Catholicism helped bind the population in faithful, devotion to Mussolini and the state Politics as ReligionThe Sacralization of Politics in Fascist Italy. In a historical city tourist stage-set projecting the new disciplined image of Fascism to a global audience, the study of Venice also tests the consent-dissent of the locals to the "brutal" regime. Read more ›
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