Mussolini’s Rome

Rebuilding the Eternal City

  • Authors
  • Borden W. PainterJr.

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 1-19
  3. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 21-38
  4. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 39-57
  5. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 59-90
  6. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 91-113
  7. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 115-139
  8. Borden W. Painter Jr.
    Pages 141-162
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 163-200

About this book


In 1922 the Fascist 'March on Rome' brought Benito Mussolini to power. He promised Italians that his fascist revolution would unite them as never before and make Italy a strong and respected nation internationally. In the next two decades, Mussolini set about rebuilding the city of Rome as the site and symbol of the new fascist Italy. Through an ambitious program of demolition and construction he sought to make Rome a modern capital of a nation and an empire worthy of Rome's imperial past. Building the new Rome put people to work, 'liberated' ancient monuments, cleared slums, produced new "cities" for education, sports, and cinema, produced wide new streets, and provided the regime with a setting to showcase fascism's dynamism, power, and greatness. Mussolini's Rome thus embodied the movement, the man and the myth that made up fascist Italy.


1922 architecture building chronology construction empire fascism nation revolution

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