I think it’s hard for many today to imagine that the Italy we know for its culture and hot spot tourist attractions had such a dark spot in history. Like Hitler and Stalin, Mussolini was every bit totalitarian leader. His manipulation of events was used to deceive the Italian people so he could gain power, and once there brutally eliminate any political discontent. It is particularly evil what he attempted to do in perverting Italian youth to believe that violence and force are appropriate to gain power that you should never question those above you, and boys and girls had to follow arcane gender roles. Boys were expected to grow into fierce soldiers who would fight with glory for Italy, while girls were expected to be good mothers who would provide Italy with a population that a great power was expected to have. Children were taught at school, that the great modern Italy started in 1922 with the March on Rome. Children were taught that Mussolini was the only man who could lead Italy back to greatness. Children were taught to call him “Il Duce” and the boys were encouraged to attend after school youth movements. Boys were taught that fighting for them was a natural extension of normal male lifestyle. One of the more famous Fascist slogans was- “War is to the male what childbearing is to the female.” Girls were taught that giving birth was natural- while mentioned before, boys fighting was the same- natural. The children were taught to obey those in charge, this was not an unusual move in a dictatorship. In the end, these concepts led to Il Duce’s downfall as his promises for imperial glory, economic success, and a revived Rome fell under the weight of unending war and economic failures.

Original Post: http://westerncivguides.umwblogs.org/2011/11/29/fascist-italy/

Sources: http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu/exhibits/Fascism/Intro.html


Image Sources: http://histclo.com/youth/youth/image/imgnat/fascistyouths.jpg




Fascist youths lined up holding weapons

Fascist youths lined up holding weapons


Benito Mussolini, otherwise known as "Il Duce".

Benito Mussolini, otherwise known as “Il Duce”.


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