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Palgrave Macmillan

Mussolini's Rome

Rebuilding the Eternal City

ISBN 9781403980021
Publication Date February 2007
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Rome was Mussolini's obsession. Through an ambitious program of demolition and construction, he sought to make Rome a capital that both embraced modernity while preserving and glorifying the city's ancient past. This intriguing book reveals Mussolini's tremendous and lasting impact on the city to which millions flock each year.

BORDEN W PAINTER JR is Professor of History Emeritus, Trinity College.

Mussolini's Obsession with Rome
Celebration and Construction
Celebration and Construction, 1932-1934
Sports, Education, and the New Italians
Architecture Propaganda, and the Fascist Revolution
Population, Neighborhoods, and Housing
Axis and Empire
War and Resistance
Appendix: Chronology
Appendix: Fascist Place and Street Names


'…the best single discussion of the topic available in English.' – Stephen L. Dyson, European History Quarterly
'Painter's able study displays what hides in plain sight in the Eternal City.' - Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
'From 1925 to 1940 Italian fascism changed in fundamental ways the urban geography of Rome. Borden Painter's extremely interesting and useful book traces Mussolini's passion for tearing down and rebuilding Rome, but, more than that, Painter uses the Fascist architectural project as a way of analyzing the values and aspiration of the regime. Along the way he studies the architects and planners of the regime who tore down large parts of Medieval Rome to highlight ancient imperial Rome, but who also constructed the sport centers, the buildings for government offices, and the new university city. It is an original and insightful view of Mussolini and his regime.' - Alexander De Grand, North Carolina State University, USA
'In showing how fascist projects changed the look and even the very fabric of Rome, Borden Painter's fascinating study significantly enhances our understanding of Mussolini's regime. Attentive to the unique challenges and opportunities the Roman setting provided, Painter skillfully traces the effort to blend traditional and modern, old and new, within the framework of confident self-assertion that characterized the fascist experiment. His account is based on exhaustive research and an impressive mastery of the growing scholarly literature on fascist culture, yet it is lively and accessible and it will appeal to specialists and general readers alike.' - David D. Roberts, University of Georgia, USA
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