Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

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by Borden W. Painter
     
 

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Painter (emeritus, history, Trinity College) examines the built environment of Fascist Rome, put in place over Mussolini's 20 years in power, as a window into the political, economic, and cultural visions and goals of the Fascist movement. He provides a history of the beginnings of Mussolini's Rome as part of grand project combining fascism's emphasis on youth,… See more details below

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Painter (emeritus, history, Trinity College) examines the built environment of Fascist Rome, put in place over Mussolini's 20 years in power, as a window into the political, economic, and cultural visions and goals of the Fascist movement. He provides a history of the beginnings of Mussolini's Rome as part of grand project combining fascism's emphasis on youth, revolution, modernity, and the new and vibrant Italy with the glories of ancient Rome. The erection of sports facilities and schools are analyzed for what they reveal of Mussolini's project for a new breed of Italian male, martial and disciplined. Debates over modernist architecture are examined in light of tensions between different visions of fascist values. Housing and neighborhood schemes and policies are discussed in the context of Mussolini's views on population. Finally, the impact of war and the defeat of fascism on Rome's built environment are analyzed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"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

"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
 
"[T]he best single discussion of the topic available in English and will be very useful for all students of the art, urbanism and history of the fascist period." —Stephen L. Dyson, University at Buffalo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403966049
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Series:
Italian & Italian American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.78(d)

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Borden W. Painter Jr. is Professor of History Emeritus, Trinity College.

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