The cult of the Duce Mussolini and the Italians / edited by Stephen Gundle, Christopher Duggan and Giuliana Pieri.

New York : Manchester University Press, 2013.
1 online resource (297 p.)
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2017

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Fascism -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Heads of state -- Italy -- Biography.
Dictators -- Italy -- Biography.
Italy -- Politics and government -- 1914-1945.
Italy -- History -- 1914-1945.
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 -- Public opinion.
Electronic books.
"The cult of the Duce is the first book to explore systematically the personality cult of the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. It examines the factors which informed the cult and looks in detail at its many manifestations in the visual arts, architecture, political spectacle and the media. The conviction that Mussolini was an exceptional individual first became dogma among Fascists and then was communicated to the people at large. Intellectuals and artists helped fashion the idea of him as a new Caesar while the modern media of press, photography, cinema and radio aggrandised his every public act. The book considers the way in which Italians experienced the personality cult and analyses its controversial resonances in the postwar period. Academics and students with interests in Italian and European history and politics will find the volume indispensable to an understanding of Fascism, Italian society and culture, and modern political leadership."--Page [4] of cover.
Part I. The origins of a personality cult. Political cults in liberal Italy, 1861-1922 / Christopher Duggan
The propagation of the cult of the Duce, 1925-26 / Christopher Duggan
Margherita Sarfatti and the invention of the Duce / Simona Storchi
Sanity from a lunatic asylum : Ida Dalser's threat to Mussolini's image / Daniela Baratieri
Mass culture and the cult of personality / Stephen Gundle
Part II. The Duce and the Fascist regime. A town for the cult of the Duce : Predappio as a site of pilgrimage / Sofia Serenelli
Mussolini's appearances in the regions / Stephen Gundle
The internalisation of the cult of the Duce : the evidence of diaries and letters / Christopher Duggan
Mussolini and the Italian Empire, 1935-41 / Giuseppe Finaldi
Part III. The iconography of the Duce. Portraits of the Duce / Giuliana Pieri
Photographing Mussolini / Alessandra Antola
Mussolini as monument : the equestrian statue of the Duce at the Littoriale Stadium in Bologna / Simona Storchi
Mussolini and the city of Rome / Eugene Pooley
Part IV. After the fall of Fascism. The destiny of the art and artefacts / Giuliana Pieri
The aftermath of the Mussolini cult : history, nostalgia and popular culture / Stephen Gundle
Mussolini and post-war Italian television / Vanessa Roghi
Afterword / R.J.B. Bosworth.
Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Pieri, Giuliana, editor of compilation.
Duggan, Christopher, editor of compilation.
Gundle, Stephen, 1956- editor of compilation.