Mussolini’s Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

Mussolini’s Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

Borden W. Painter Jr.

Language: English

Pages: 219


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Rome was Mussolini's obsession. After coming to power as a result of his famed march on the city in 1922, he promised Italians that his fascist revolution would unite them as never before and make Italy a major power on the world stage. In the next two decades, he set about rebuilding Rome as the foremost site and symbol of the new fascist order.

Through an ambitious program of demolition and construction, he sought to make Rome a capital that both embraced modernity while preserving and glorifing the city's ancient past. Building the new Rome put people to work, "liberated" ancient monuments from cluttered surroundings, cleared slums; produced giant complexes for education, sports, and cinema; produced wide new boulevards and piazzas; and provided the regime with a showcase for the supposed grandeur, dynamism, and power of fascism.

This intriguing book reveals Mussolini's tremendous and lasting impact on the city to which millions flock each year.

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