Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

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Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

A fascinating look at the architectural mark fascism left on one of the world's most beloved cities

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403980021
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies Series
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 908,781
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     vii
List of Maps and Illustrations     xi
Introduction     xv
Mussolini's Obsession with Rome     1
Celebration and Construction, 1932-1934     21
Sports, Education, and the New Italians     39
Architecture, Propaganda, and the Fascist Revolution     59
Population, Neighborhoods, and Housing     91
Axis and Empire     115
War and Resistance     141
Chronology     163
Fascist Place and Street Names     167
Notes     169
Bibliography     185
Index     193

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Mussolini's Rome 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
Voracious_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
I will confess, I knew very little about Rome during Mussolini's reign. Therefore, when I started to read this book, I could quickly become lost at times. This is a book to read in addition to basic knowledge, rather than a book FOR basic knowledge. However, that is not to say this is not a good book. It is. It is well written, very informative, with great footnotes for further information, as well as pictures that aid rather than detract. If you don't have basic knowledge, it is still very rewarding but will be a bit harder of a read through than if you have that knowledge. If you are interested in Rome as a city, Italian history before and during WWII, or politics and their influence on architecture-this is a must read.
DrewGeoff More than 1 year ago
I never really thought about how a political system can actually shape a city until I read this book. This is a fascinating read for anyone who's interested in either history or architecture, and I would even recommend it for anyone just looking for a thought-provoking read.
pviverito More than 1 year ago
As an American of Italian ancestry I found this book enthralling. In matter of architecture I found it enlightening. When we travel to Rome we will use this book as a guide. The background to Rome's history between the wars was well developed and well documented. Mussolini would have arguably been hailed as important if he as had Franco stayed out of the Second World War. However in a desired to not be out match by Hitler he failed to preserve his legacy as a builder. Instead he will go down in history as megalomaniac. However, much of modern Rome still bears his marks. In regard to the Papacy he is fairly balanced with a few minor errors. Pius XII was not given much credit for protecting the Jewish population of Italy. A mere mention of Scrivener's work is important and should be followed up. The Pope has taken some untrue hits about his ignoring the Jewish peoples' problems. He opened the churches and monastic house to them in order that they might be saved. At least this truth is foot noted. None-the-less this is an important subject and an important work that should be read and if you go to Rome you will be lost without it.
Ryan Maser More than 1 year ago
A great insite on how he changed Italy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read...Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought a Nook and, within a few hours, was on a plane for Rome. I didn't know how it all worked, and had few books loaded on my new Nook - this was one of them. I have what some call a "learning personality," which seems to me to mean that I'm happy when I learn something new. So, Mr. Painter's book kept my interest through the concept of cityscapes/archicture/urban renewal as political tools. Surely future historians will be interested in changes to Rome wrought by Mussolini. For the general reader unfamiliar with Rome then and now, the level of detail about the fascist urban renewal project is overwhelming.
ConanDoyle More than 1 year ago
Informative, but the pictures don't display well in an ereader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The history is good but the book is boring
DonK More than 1 year ago
This is a book based on detailed research. Well done, and detailed. It is not for the casual reader - but - for one who is interested in the history of Roman during Mussolini's years in power, and some insight as to why he sided with Hitler.
LeoDiaz More than 1 year ago
I though this would be a lighter reading, but becomes a technical book that may be useful if, you are in Rome or you know Rome well (and of course, you must interested in architecture!). Haven't finished, I will keep it for (and if) I visit Rome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love history Great book
RVerCAS More than 1 year ago
If you are an architect/city designer, this is a very educational book. It's too dry & date conscious for comfortable reading. A student of history would also enjoy this book.
MrsRamBo More than 1 year ago
While I did not read the entire book, I did read sections that pertained to some of the issues that my students were studying. I found it to be an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read for any history buff. Kind of tedious with many names and places but the pictures and footnotes help in the overall understanding of the events. Definitely recommended.
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This is a must have for students and lovers of Rome.