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Dictating Demography

Dictating Demography
The Problem of Population in Fascist Italy

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

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

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  • 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)
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    • 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

    Introduction
    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
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Carl Ipsen, Indiana University

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