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Beginning in , Fascist paramilitaries escalated their strategy from one of attacking socialist offices and homes of socialist leadership figures to one of violent occupation of cities. The Fascists met little serious resistance from authorities and proceeded to take over several northern Italian cities. On 24 October , the Fascist party held its annual congress in Naples , where Mussolini ordered Blackshirts to take control of public buildings and trains and to converge on three points around Rome. Historian Stanley G. Payne says Fascism in Italy was:.
A primarily political dictatorship The Fascist Party itself had become almost completely bureaucratized and subservient to, not dominant over, the state itself. Big business, industry, and finance retained extensive autonomy, particularly in the early years.
The armed forces also enjoyed considerable autonomy The Fascist militia was placed under military control The judicial system was left largely intact and relatively autonomous as well. The police continued to be directed by state officials and were not taken over by party leaders There was never any question of bringing the Church under overall subservience Sizable sectors of Italian cultural life retained extensive autonomy, and no major state propaganda-and-culture ministry existed The Mussolini regime was neither especially sanguinary nor particularly repressive.
Upon being appointed Prime Minister of Italy, Mussolini had to form a coalition government because the Fascists did not have control over the Italian parliament. Mussolini proclaimed himself dictator of Italy, assuming full responsibility over the government and announcing the dismissal of parliament. In , the Fascist regime briefly gained what was in effect a blessing of the Catholic Church after the regime signed a concordat with the Church, known as the Lateran Treaty , which gave the papacy state sovereignty and financial compensation for the seizure of Church lands by the liberal state in the nineteenth century, but within two years the Church had renounced Fascism in the Encyclical Non Abbiamo Bisogno as a "pagan idolotry of the state" which teaches "hatred, violence and irreverence".
The National Socialists of Germany employed similar anti-clerical policies. The Gestapo confiscated hundreds of monasteries in Austria and Germany, evicted clergymen and laymen alike and often replaced crosses with swastikas. The Fascist regime created a corporatist economic system in with creation of the Palazzo Vidioni Pact, in which the Italian employers' association Confindustria and Fascist trade unions agreed to recognize each other as the sole representatives of Italy's employers and employees, excluding non-Fascist trade unions.
In the s, Fascist Italy pursued an aggressive foreign policy that included an attack on the Greek island of Corfu , aims to expand Italian territory in the Balkans , plans to wage war against Turkey and Yugoslavia , attempts to bring Yugoslavia into civil war by supporting Croat and Macedonian separatists to legitimize Italian intervention and making Albania a de facto protectorate of Italy, which was achieved through diplomatic means by Instead, claiming that Italians were a superior race to African races and thereby had the right to colonize the "inferior" Africans, it sought to settle 10 to 15 million Italians in Libya.
The March on Rome brought Fascism international attention. One early admirer of the Italian Fascists was Adolf Hitler , who less than a month after the March had begun to model himself and the Nazi Party upon Mussolini and the Fascists. The conditions of economic hardship caused by the Great Depression brought about an international surge of social unrest.
According to historian Philip Morgan, "the onset of the Great Depression In Germany, it contributed to the rise of the National Socialist German Workers' Party , which resulted in the demise of the Weimar Republic and the establishment of the fascist regime, Nazi Germany , under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. With the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in , liberal democracy was dissolved in Germany and the Nazis mobilized the country for war, with expansionist territorial aims against several countries.
In the s, the Nazis implemented racial laws that deliberately discriminated against, disenfranchised and persecuted Jews and other racial and minority groups. Fascist movements grew in strength elsewhere in Europe. He created an eight-hour work day, a forty-eight-hour work week in industry and sought to entrench a corporatist economy; and pursued irredentist claims on Hungary's neighbors.
During the Great Depression, Mussolini promoted active state intervention in the economy. He denounced the contemporary " supercapitalism " that he claimed began in as a failure because of its alleged decadence , its support for unlimited consumerism and its intention to create the "standardization of humankind". In Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, both Mussolini and Hitler pursued territorial expansionist and interventionist foreign policy agendas from the s through the s culminating in World War II.
Mussolini called for irredentist Italian claims to be reclaimed, establishing Italian domination of the Mediterranean Sea and securing Italian access to the Atlantic Ocean and the creation of Italian spazio vitale "vital space" in the Mediterranean and Red Sea regions. From to , Germany and Italy escalated their demands for territorial claims and greater influence in world affairs. Italy invaded Ethiopia in resulting in its condemnation by the League of Nations and its widespread diplomatic isolation.
In , Germany remilitarized the industrial Rhineland , a region that had been ordered demilitarized by the Treaty of Versailles. In , Germany annexed Austria and Italy assisted Germany in resolving the diplomatic crisis between Germany versus Britain and France over claims on Czechoslovakia by arranging the Munich Agreement that gave Germany the Sudetenland and was perceived at the time to have averted a European war. These hopes faded when Hitler violated the Munich Agreement by ordering the invasion and partition of Czechoslovakia between Germany and a client state of Slovakia in At the same time from to , Italy was demanding territorial and colonial concessions from France and Britain.
The invasion of Poland by Germany was deemed unacceptable by Britain, France and their allies, resulting in their mutual declaration of war against Germany that was deemed the aggressor in the war in Poland, resulting in the outbreak of World War II. Mussolini was aware that Italy did not have the military capacity to carry out a long war with France or the United Kingdom and waited until France was on the verge of imminent collapse and surrender from the German invasion before declaring war on France and the United Kingdom on 10 June on the assumption that the war would be short-lived following France's collapse.
Axis forces at the height of their power controlled almost all of continental Europe. The war became prolonged—contrary to Mussolini's plans—resulting in Italy losing battles on multiple fronts and requiring German assistance. After , Axis forces began to falter.
In , after Italy faced multiple military failures, the complete reliance and subordination of Italy to Germany, the Allied invasion of Italy and the corresponding international humiliation, Mussolini was removed as head of government and arrested on the order of King Victor Emmanuel III, who proceeded to dismantle the Fascist state and declared Italy's switching of allegiance to the Allied side.
Mussolini was rescued from arrest by German forces and led the German client state, the Italian Social Republic from to Nazi Germany faced multiple losses and steady Soviet and Western Allied offensives from to On 28 April , Mussolini was captured and executed by Italian communist partisans. On 30 April , Hitler committed suicide. Shortly afterwards, Germany surrendered and the Nazi regime was systematically dismantled by the occupying Allied powers. An International Military Tribunal was subsequently convened in Nuremberg.
Beginning in November and lasting through , numerous Nazi political, military and economic leaders were tried and convicted of war crimes , with many of the worst offenders receiving the death penalty. The Nuremberg Trials convicted several Nazi leaders of crimes against humanity involving the Holocaust. However, there remained several movements and governments that were ideologically related to fascism. The first years were characterized by a repression against the anti-fascist ideologies, a deep censorship and the suppression of democratic institutions elected Parliament, Constitution of , Regional Statutes of Autonomy.
After World War II and a period of international isolation, Franco's regime normalized relations with the Western powers during the Cold War , until Franco's death in and the transformation of Spain into a liberal democracy. Historian Robert Paxton observes that one of the main problems in defining fascism is that it was widely mimicked.
Paxton says: "In fascism's heyday, in the s, many regimes that were not functionally fascist borrowed elements of fascist decor in order to lend themselves an aura of force, vitality, and mass mobilization". He goes on to observe that Salazar "crushed Portuguese fascism after he had copied some of its techniques of popular mobilization".
The term neo-fascism refers to fascist movements after World War II. In Italy, the Italian Social Movement led by Giorgio Almirante was a major neo-fascist movement that transformed itself into a self-described "post-fascist" movement called the National Alliance AN , which has been an ally of Silvio Berlusconi 's Forza Italia for a decade.
In Germany, various neo-Nazi movements have been formed and banned in accordance with Germany's constitutional law which forbids Nazism. After the onset of the Great Recession and economic crisis in Greece, a movement known as the Golden Dawn , widely considered a neo-Nazi party, soared in support out of obscurity and won seats in Greece 's parliament, espousing a staunch hostility towards minorities, illegal immigrants and refugees.
In , after the murder of an anti-fascist musician by a person with links to Golden Dawn, the Greek government ordered the arrest of Golden Dawn's leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos and other Golden Dawn members on charges related to being associated with a criminal organization.
Robert O. Paxton finds that the transformations undertaken by fascists in power were "profound enough to be called 'revolutionary'". They "often set fascists into conflict with conservatives rooted in families, churches, social rank, and property. It changed the practice of citizenship from the enjoyment of constitutional rights and duties to participation in mass ceremonies of affirmation and conformity. It reconfigured relations between the individual and the collectivity, so that an individual had no rights outside community interest.
It expanded the powers of the executive—party and state—in a bid for total control. Finally, it unleashed aggressive emotions hitherto known in Europe only during war or social revolution. Ultranationalism , combined with the myth of national rebirth, is a key foundation of fascism. Neither organized socialism nor the Italian liberals championed the democratic demands of the left nationalists.
Fascism stepped into this vacuum, constituting itself as an antisocialist and antiliberal civil society movement. It was the failure of this counterhegemonic movement that would lead to the fascist seizure of power. Veterans' organizations are the clearest manifestation of civic mobilization in postwar Italy.
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The fascist view of a nation is of a single organic entity that binds people together by their ancestry and is a natural unifying force of people. Fascism promotes the establishment of a totalitarian state. Mussolini's The Doctrine of Fascism — partly ghostwritten by philosopher Giovanni Gentile ,  who Mussolini described as "the philosopher of Fascism" — states: "The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State—a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values—interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people".
Fascist states pursued policies of social indoctrination through propaganda in education and the media and regulation of the production of educational and media materials. It attempted to purge ideas that were not consistent with the beliefs of the fascist movement and to teach students to be obedient to the state.
Fascism presented itself as a third position , [ when? Fascist governments advocated resolution of domestic class conflict within a nation in order to secure national solidarity. While fascism denounced the mainstream internationalist and Marxist socialisms, it claimed to economically represent a type of nationalist productivist socialism that while condemning parasitical capitalism, it was willing to accommodate productivist capitalism within it.
Fascist economics supported a state-controlled economy that accepted a mix of private and public ownership over the means of production. While fascism accepted the importance of material wealth and power, it condemned materialism which identified as being present in both communism and capitalism and criticized materialism for lacking acknowledgement of the role of the spirit.
Since the Depression was a crisis of laissez-faire capitalism and its political counterpart, parliamentary democracy, fascism could pose as the 'third-way' alternative between capitalism and Bolshevism, the model of a new European 'civilization'. As Mussolini typically put it in early , "from The dominant forces of the 19th century, democracy, socialism, liberalism have been exhausted Fascists criticized egalitarianism as preserving the weak, and they instead promoted social Darwinist views and policies.
It provided support only to those who were "racially sound, capable of and willing to work, politically reliable, and willing and able to reproduce. Fascism emphasizes direct action , including supporting the legitimacy of political violence , as a core part of its politics. The basis of fascism's support of violent action in politics is connected to social Darwinism. Fascism emphasizes youth both in a physical sense of age and in a spiritual sense as related to virility and commitment to action.
Italian Fascism pursued what it called "moral hygiene" of youth, particularly regarding sexuality. Mussolini perceived women's primary role as primarily child bearers and men, warriors—once saying: "War is to man what maternity is to the woman". Mussolini went on to say that the solution to unemployment for men was the "exodus of women from the work force". The German Nazi government strongly encouraged women to stay at home to bear children and keep house.
The unemployment rate was cut substantially, mostly through arms production and sending women home so that men could take their jobs. Nazi propaganda sometimes promoted premarital and extramarital sexual relations, unwed motherhood and divorce, but at other times the Nazis opposed such behaviour. The Nazis decriminalized abortion in cases where fetuses had hereditary defects or were of a race the government disapproved of, while the abortion of healthy pure German, Aryan fetuses remained strictly forbidden.
Their eugenics program also stemmed from the "progressive biomedical model" of Weimar Germany. The Nazis said that homosexuality was degenerate, effeminate, perverted and undermined masculinity because it did not produce children. Fascism emphasizes both palingenesis national rebirth or re-creation and modernism. In Italy, such modernist influence was exemplified by Marinetti who advocated a palingenetic modernist society that condemned liberal-bourgeois values of tradition and psychology, while promoting a technological-martial religion of national renewal that emphasized militant nationalism.
One of the most common and strongest criticisms of fascism is that it is a tyranny. Some critics of Italian fascism have said that much of the ideology was merely a by-product of unprincipled opportunism by Mussolini and that he changed his political stances merely to bolster his personal ambitions while he disguised them as being purposeful to the public. Mussolini, as I have learned to know him, is an opportunist in the sense that he believed that mankind itself must be fitted to changing conditions rather than to fixed theories, no matter how many hopes and prayers have been expended on theories and programmes".
It may have succeeded yesterday and fail to-morrow. Failed yesterday and succeed to-morrow. The machine first of all must run! Some have criticized Mussolini's actions during the outbreak of World War I as opportunist for seeming to suddenly abandon Marxist egalitarian internationalism for non-egalitarian nationalism and note to that effect that upon Mussolini endorsing Italy's intervention in the war against Germany and Austria-Hungary, he and the new fascist movement received financial support from foreign sources, such as Ansaldo an armaments firm and other companies  as well as the British Security Service MI5.
Mussolini's transformation away from Marxism into what eventually became fascism began prior to World War I, as Mussolini had grown increasingly pessimistic about Marxism and egalitarianism while becoming increasingly supportive of figures who opposed egalitarianism, such as Friedrich Nietzsche. Fascism has been criticized for being ideologically dishonest. Major examples of ideological dishonesty have been identified in Italian fascism's changing relationship with German Nazism.
After antagonism exploded between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy over the assassination of Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss in , Mussolini and Italian fascists denounced and ridiculed Nazism's racial theories, particularly by denouncing its Nordicism , while promoting Mediterraneanism. In , Mussolini declared upon Italy's adoption of antisemitic laws that Italian fascism had always been antisemitic,  In fact, Italian fascism did not endorse antisemitism until the late s when Mussolini feared alienating antisemitic Nazi Germany, whose power and influence were growing in Europe.
Prior to that period there had been notable Jewish Italians who had been senior Italian fascist officials, including Margherita Sarfatti , who had also been Mussolini's mistress. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 17 September For other uses, see Fascism disambiguation. Form of radical, right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism. Core tenets. Definitions Economics Fascism and ideology Fascism worldwide Symbolism. Axis powers Montreux Fascist conference. Fascists by country.
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New York: Routledge, p. Fascist modernism: aesthetics, politics, and the avant-garde. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, Oxfordshire; New York: Routledge, But his clients were always court appointed and very poor. That was very true. The broker nodded, like that kind of made sense.
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He supposed he would have rather had a family to bring to this big house. But a family had never been in the cards. He dated women, but it never ended up well. For one, he was not really good at playing the romance game. And then there was the sex. In fact, he liked them a lot. But something always happened when he had sex. Eventually, whatever woman he had a relationship with, would give up. That was unless he gave up first. That evening, he took a folding chair out on his front porch and had a beer while he watched the sun go down.
It was quiet out here. The place was thirty-miles from his office in the city.