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Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany: The 'Fascist' Style of Rule by Alexander J. De Grand

By Alexander J. De Grand

Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany provides a succinct and provocative advent to Italian fascism and German nazism. Incorporating fresh old study including unique and difficult arguments, Alexander J. De Grand examines: * the similarities and variations within the early improvement of the 2 regimes * the workout of strength through Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini * the connection among the 2 regimes * regulations in the direction of girls, early life and tradition. Revised all through, the second one variation of this revered booklet takes account of modern ancient study and comprises an multiplied dialogue of the position of the army within the regimes.

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This was not desirable for at least three related reasons. First, it conflicted with the vision that the more radical and populist elements in the two parties had for themselves. To be forced to submit to regular procedures and routines was at odds with the rebellious ‘fascist’ mentality. Second, both Hitler and Mussolini mistrusted the professional civil service because the bureaucracies were full of opportunists and fellow travellers who joined the movements after they had already succeeded. Finally, the PNF and NSDAP simply lacked the technical abilities to run the state.

As they worked to insert the Fascist and Nazi parties into the governmental apparatus, the leaders confronted a serious problem. Their movements had been combat forces, more suited for mass mobilization and street fighting than for governing. The difficulty in Italy, as it would be in Germany, was to find a role for the party militants that did not interfere with the working of the government. Above all, the uncontrollable and violent factions in the party base had to be domesticated. During the weeks after the March on Rome, Fascist squads went on a rampage of pillage and murder in centres including Turin and Florence before a shocked foreign press.

Mussolini, who controlled several key ministries, could hold virtual cabinet meetings in his head. However, before the onset of personal rule, the Duce chaired seventy cabinet meetings in 1933 but only four in 1936. At the time of the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the cabinet met without ever discussing the international situation. Even though the Fascist Grand Council convened only when Mussolini wished and had its membership dictated by the Duce, it too slipped into irrelevance and met infrequently as the 1930s went on.

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