The Cult of the Duce in Mussolini's Italy

  title={The Cult of the Duce in Mussolini's Italy},
  author={Piero Melograni},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={221 - 237}
  • Piero Melograni
  • Published 1 October 1976
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary History
During Mussolini's regime, Italian society, contrary to appearances, was a very depoliticized society. The organizations of the regime mobilized great masses of people, and the towns of every region in Italy were frequently packed with crowds extolling the Duce. But if by 'political' we mean active participation in community life, information about facts and the comparison of ideas, we have to recognize that society in Mussolini's day was the very opposite of a politicized society. The masses… 
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