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Richard Bosworth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193879

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193879.001.0001

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Venice Between Volpi and Mussolini, 1930–1940

Venice Between Volpi and Mussolini, 1930–1940

(p.135) Chapter Six Venice Between Volpi and Mussolini, 1930–1940
Italian Venice

R.J.B. Bosworth

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the impact of Fascism on Venice during the period 1930–1940 and how Italian-style totalitarianism work in the city, as well as the locals' attitudes toward the Fascist party, Fascist ideology, and the dictator Benito Mussolini. It also considers the role of Giuseppe Volpi in enhancing Venice's image as a global capital of culture and leisure. The chapter first describes the meeting between Mussolini and Adolf Hitler on June 14, 1934 in Venice, as well as the contrast between the two dictators. It then looks at the fundamentalist Nazi-fascist determination to liquidate the Jews and the inauguration of theatre, music, and film festivals in Venice during the period. Finally, it assesses the response of Venetians to the coming of European war in August–September 1939.

Keywords:   war, Fascism, Venice, totalitarianism, Benito Mussolini, Giuseppe Volpi, culture, Adolf Hitler, Jews, festivals

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