What: The Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture and the Borden W. Painter, Jr. Fund for Italian Studies will host two events highlighting new research on fascism. At the first event, which is open to the public, Christopher Duggan, a historian of modern Italy, will discuss his new book, Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy. There will also be a Common Hour symposium on “New Perspectives on Fascism.” Duggan and Borden Painter, Jr., professor of history emeritus, will be the featured speakers and Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, will moderate.
When: Duggan will discuss his book Monday, October 21 at 4:15 p.m. The Common Hour event, which is limited to the campus community, will be Tuesday, October 22 at 12:15 p.m.
Where: Duggan will speak in the McCook Auditorium and the Common Hour will be in Terrace Room B in Mather Hall, both on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford.
Background: Duggan is a professor of Italian history at the University of Reading in the Great Britain. He has written and researched various aspects of modern Italian history. His books include Fascism and the Mafia; A Concise History of Italy; The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy since 1796; and Francesco Crispi, 1818-1901: From Nation to Nationalism.
In Fascist Voices, Duggan draws on thousands of letters sent to Benito Mussolini, an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party who was prime minister from 1922 until his ouster in 1943. Duggan also uses private diaries and other primary documents to show how Italian citizens lived and experienced the fascist regime under Mussolini.
During the 1930s, Mussolini received about 1,500 letters a day from Italian men and women of all social classes. Utilizing a rich collection of untapped archival material, Duggan explores “the cult of Il Duce,” the religious dimensions of totalitarianism, and the extraordinarily intimate character of the relationship between Mussolini and millions of Italians.
Offering a unique perspective on that period in history, Fascist Voices captures the responses of private citizens living under fascism and unravels the mixture of illusions, hopes and fears that led so many to support the Mussolini regime.
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