The image of Italian Fascism in the US press

Author/s Stefano Luconi
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/108 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 155-163 File size 93 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2019-108009
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Against the backdrop of the growing scholarly interest in fascist cultural diplomacy, Mauro Canali’s monograph highlights how American correspondents from Italy portrayed Benito Mussolini and his regime. Canali takes a few cases of early criticism into account. But he concludes that overall admiration prevailed until the passing of the 1938 racial legislation, even if appreciation began to undergo a decline in the aftermath of Italy’s 1935 attack on Ethiopia. The volume, however, focuses less on the evaluations and perceptions per se than on the means - from flattery and the supply of fringe benefits to intimidations and coercion - by which the regime endeavoured to have U.S. reporters construct a positive image of fascism and the duce for their readers.

Keywords: Fascism, Press, US, Cultural diplomacy

Stefano Luconi, La costruzione dell’immagine del fascismo italiano nella stampa statunitense in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 108/2019, pp 155-163, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2019-108009