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Mussolini’s Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

Mussolini’s Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

In 1922 the Fascist 'March on Rome' brought Benito Mussolini to power. He promised Italians that his fascist revolution would unite them as never before and make Italy a strong and respected nation internationally. In the next two decades, Mussolini set about rebuilding the city of Rome as the site and symbol of the new fascist Italy. Through an ambitious program of demolition and construction he sought to make Rome a modern capital of a nation and an empire worthy of Rome's imperial past. Building the new Rome put people to work, 'liberated' ancient monuments, cleared slums, produced new "cities" for education, sports, and cinema, produced wide new streets, and provided the regime with a setting to showcase fascism's dynamism, power, and greatness. Mussolini's Rome thus embodied the movement, the man and the myth that made up fascist Italy.

Introduction

Chapter One - MUSSOLINI’S OBSESSION WITH ROME

Chapter Two - CELEBRATION AND CONSTRUCTION, 1932-1934

Chapter Three - SPORTS, EDUCATION, AND THE NEW ITALIANS

Chapter Four - ARCHITECTURE, PROPAGANDA, AND THE FASCIST REVOLUTION

Chapter Five - POPULATION, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND HOUSING

Chapter Six - AXIS AND EMPIRE

Chapter Seven - WAR AND RESISTANCE

Appendix I - CHRONOLOGY

Appendix II - FASCIST PLACE AND STREET NAMES

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