Mussolini's Camps: Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy (1940-1943)

1st Edition

Carlo Spartaco Capogreco

October 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138333086 - CAT# K393199
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Italy


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This book – which is based on vast archival research and on a variety of primary sources – has filled a gap in Italy’s historiography on Fascism, and in European and World history about concentration camps in our contemporary world. It provides, for the first time, a survey of the different types of internment practiced by Fascist Italy during the war and a historical map of its concentration camps.

Published in Italian (I campi del duce, Torino 2004), in Croatian (Mussolinijevi Logori, Zagreb 2007) in Slovenian (Fašistična taborišča, Ljubliana 2011), and now in English, Mussolini’s Camps is both an excellent product of academic research and a narrative easily accessible to readers who are not professional historians. It undermines the myth that concentration camps were established in Italy only after the creation of the Republic of Salò and the Nazi occupation of Italy’s northern regions in 1943, and questions the persistent and traditional image of Italians as brava gente (good people), showing how Fascism made extensive use of the camps (even in the occupied territories) as an instrument of coercion and political control.

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