Exporting Fascism: Italian Fascists and Britain's Italians in the 1930s

Exporting Fascism: Italian Fascists and Britain's Italians in the 1930s

by Claudia Baldoli
     
 

How did Italians living in Britain respond to Mussolini's fascism? What links did ex-pat fascists forge with the British Right? To what extent did Italophilia exist in Britain during the Mussolini years?

Exporting Fascism addresses these questions, which have long been ignored by historians. While there is much material available about Nazi sympathizers in

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How did Italians living in Britain respond to Mussolini's fascism? What links did ex-pat fascists forge with the British Right? To what extent did Italophilia exist in Britain during the Mussolini years?

Exporting Fascism addresses these questions, which have long been ignored by historians. While there is much material available about Nazi sympathizers in the United Kingdom, there is comparatively very little about Italophile fascist sympathizers. The author uncovers the policy of Mussolini's government to transform Italian communities abroad into 'little Fascist Italies'. Ambassador Dino Grandi had great success in the fascistization campaign of Italian emigrants through such means as Italian community newspapers and fascist summer camps and schools.

The author also examines the links forged between Italian fascism and the British Right. Specifically, she uncovers the Italophilia that dominated the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in the first half of the 1930s, later to be replaced with an admiration for National Socialism. She also examines the BUF's activities within Italy, which have thus far remained almost entirely unknown.

Exporting Fascism sheds new light on a neglected aspect of the international fascist movement at the dawn of the Second World War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859737613
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/17/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The 'Education of the Italians' in Britain, 1932-347
2Anglo-Italian Fascism, 1932-3237
3Toward a Corporativist Community: The Fasci Italiani all'Estero in Britain, 1935-3767
4A 'Wonderful Colonisation': Italian Fascism and the British Italophiles during the Ethiopian War97
5Resistance and Decline: The Fasci Italiani all'Estero in Britain, 1938-39129
6The End of an Era: Grandi between London and the Axis, 1938-39159
Conclusion187
Bibliography195
Index211

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