Shaping the New Man: Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

Shaping the New Man: Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

by Alessio Ponzio


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Shaping the New Man: Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany by Alessio Ponzio

Despite their undeniable importance, the leaders of the Fascist and Nazi youth organizations have received little attention from historians. In Shaping the New Man, Alessio Ponzio uncovers the largely untold story of the training and education of these crucial protagonists of the Fascist and Nazi regimes, and he examines more broadly the structures, ideologies, rhetoric, and aspirations of youth organizations in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

Ponzio shows how the Italian Fascists' pedagogical practices influenced the origin and evolution of the Hitler Youth. He dissects similarities and differences in the training processes of the youth leaders of the Opera Nazionale Balilla, Gioventù Italiana del Littorio, and Hitlerjugend. And, he explores the transnational institutional interactions and mutual cooperation that flourished between Mussolini's and Hitler's youth organizations in the 1930s and 1940s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299313340
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 854,228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alessio Ponzio received his PhD in history and politics from the Universitá Roma Tre and is now pursuing a second degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in women's studies and history. He has held fellowships at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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1 A Generational Apocalypse

2 Organizing the Youth in Fascist Italy

3 A New Class of Educators

4 And They Will Never Be Free Again, for the Rest of Their Lives

5 The Training of the Hitler Youth Leadership

6 The Relationship between the Opera Nazionale Balilla and the Hitlerjugend

7 The Hitlerjugend Academy of Braunschweig

8 A New Organization

9 The Relationship between the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio and the Hitlerjugend

10 Nazi and Fascist Youth Leaders and the Effects of War




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