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The Conquest of MalariaItaly, 1900-1962$
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Frank M. Snowden

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108996

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108996.001.0001

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Fascism, Racism, and Littoria

Fascism, Racism, and Littoria

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(p.142) 6 Fascism, Racism, and Littoria
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The Conquest of Malaria
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Frank M. Snowden

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108996.003.0007

This chapter shows how antimalarial campaigning formed a central part of Fascist domestic policy, involving both the substance of the regime and the image it sought to project to the world. Here it is important to recall that Mussolini's movement spent nearly a decade completing its seizure of power after the Blackshirts' famous March on Rome in October 1922. Thereafter the Fascists achieved full political control by a series of incremental measures. Their cumulative effect was to abolish elections, destroy democracy and parliamentary rule, outlaw competing political parties and trade unions, “fascisticize” the state apparatus by placing party members in all key posts, and reach an accommodation with the Roman Catholic Church. Only at the end of this process, in late 1928–1929, did Mussolini and the Fascist Party find themselves in a sufficiently totalitarian position to define the new society that was to replace the liberal social order.

Keywords:   antimalarial campaigning, Fascist domestic policy, Mussolini's movement, Blackshirts, Roman Catholic Church, Fascist Party, totalitarian position, liberal social order

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