Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Dictating Demography

Dictating Demography
The Problem of Population in Fascist Italy


Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894258

£ 27.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Mussolini believed that numbers were the key to strength. Between 1922 and 1945 the Fascists attempted to translate that belief into policy by introducing a structured programme to increase the population in Italy. This included campaigns to increase the birth rate, the establishment of demographic colonies, and a battle against urbanisation. This book is a detailed examination of the demographic policy of Mussolini's Fascist regime. Based on archival research, it shows how the Fascists used statistics to mould public opinion, as well as to form policy, and demonstrates the ways in which population theory at the time both reflected and informed policy. Carl Ipsen argues that Mussolini's demographic policy can tell us a great deal about the contradictory nature of Fascism itself, and describes the Fascist efforts to mould the Italian population as one of the most telling examples of the failed attempt to create a totalitarian Fascist utopia.

    • Based on extensive archival research
    • Includes exploration of lesser-known areas of population statistics and scientific discourse on population
    • Treats population policy as a whole (as opposed to individual treatments of colonialism or pronatalism or racism)
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894258
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The background: fascism, European population policy, European demography, and the problem of population in liberal Italy
    2. The organization of totalitarian demography
    3. The realization of totalitarian demography I: spatial population movement
    4. The realization of totalitarian demography II: quantitative and qualitative population management
    5. The measurement of totalitarian demography

  • Author

    Carl Ipsen, Indiana University

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.