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The cult of the Duce : Mussolini and the Italians /
edited by Stephen Gundle, Christopher Duggan and Giuliana Pieri.
imprint
Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2013, c2013
description
x, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719088968 (hbk.), 9780719088964 (hbk.)
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imprint
Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2013, c2013
isbn
0719088968 (hbk.)
9780719088964 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8954593
 
Includes bibliographical references and index
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The cult of the Duce explores systematically the personality cult of Benito Mussolini. It examines practices that began before Mussolini's rise to power and which multiplied as Fascism consolidated its support among the Italian population. By approaching the subject from many different angles, including those of the visual arts and the media as well as social and political history, this book makes a decisive contribution to the understanding of Fascism and modern leadership.
Long Description
The cult of the Duce is the first book to explore systematically the personality cult of Benito Mussolini. It examines practices that began before Mussolini's rise to power and which multiplied as Fascism consolidated its support among the Italian population. By approaching the subject from many different angles, including those of the visual arts and the media as well as social and political history, this book makes a decisive contribution to the understanding of Fascism and modern leadership. The conviction that Mussolini was an exceptional individual first became dogma among Fascists and then was communicated to the people at large. Intellectuals and artists helped fashion the idea of the Duce as a new Caesar while the modern media of press, photography, cinema and radio aggrandised his every public act. Mussolini's image was ubiquitous and varied; he adopted the guises of bourgeois politician, man of culture, sportsman, family man and warrior as he appealed to different audiences. The book explores in detail many manifestations of the cult and the way in which Italians experienced it. It also considers its controversial resonances in the postwar period. The founder of Fascism was the prototype dictator of the twentieth century. As such his cult is a crucial topic in the study of a century that produced many examples of dictators, some of them explicitly modeling themselves on Mussolini. Academics and students with interests in Italian and European history and politics will find the volume indispensable to an understanding of the modern era.Among the contributions is an Afterword by Mussolini's leading biographer, R.J.B. Bosworth.
Main Description
The cult of the Duce is the first book to explore systematically the personality cult of the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. It examines the factors which informed the cult and looks in detail at its many manifestations in the visual arts, architecture, political spectacle and the media. The conviction that Mussolini was an exceptional individual first became dogma among Fascists and then was communicated to the people at large. Intellectuals and artists helped fashion the idea of him as a new Caesar while the modern media of press, photography, cinema and radio aggrandised his every public act. The book considers the way in which Italians experienced the personality cult and analyses its controversial resonances in the postwar period. Academics and students with interests in Italian and European history and politics will find the volume indispensable to an understanding of Fascism, Italian society and culture, and modern political leadership.Among the contributions is an Afterword by Mussolini's leading biographer, R.J.B. Bosworth.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Origins of a Personality Cult
Political cults in liberal Italy, 1861-1922p. 11
The propagation of the cult of the Duce, 1925-26p. 27
Margherita Sarfatti and the invention of the Ducep. 41
Sanity from a lunatic asylum: Ida Dalser's threat to Mussolini's imagep. 57
Mass culture and the cult of personalityp. 72
The Duce and the Fascist Regime
A town for the cult of the Duce: Predappio as a site of pilgrimagep. 93
Mussolini's appearances in the regionsp. 110
The internalisation of the cult of the Duce: the evidence of diaries and lettersp. 129
Mussolini and the Italian Empire, 1935-41p. 144
The Iconography of the Duce
Portraits of the Ducep. 161
Photographing Mussolinip. 178
Mussolini as monument: the equestrian statue of the Duce at the Littoriale Stadium in Bolognap. 193
Mussolini and the city of Romep. 209
After the Fall of Fascism
The destiny of the art and artefactsp. 227
The aftermath of the Mussolini cult: history, nostalgia and popular culturep. 241
Mussolini and post-war Italian televisionp. 257
Afterwordp. 270
Indexp. 278
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