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The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39

4. The Dead

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In this module, we think about the cult of the dead in Fascist political ideology, thinking in particular about how the Fascist regime used death as a means of strengthening and legitimising its power.


In this course, Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge) explores the rise of Italian Fascism, focusing in particular on five key questions: (1) How did the experience of the First World War contribute to the rise of Fascism? (2) Was Fascism a forward-looking ideology? Did it embrace modernity or tradition? (3) What was the role of the dead in Fascism? (4) Why did the Fascist regime seek to gain colonies—in Libya, Ethiopia, and in the Balkan Peninsula? (5) How did Fascism seek to impact the lives of ordinary men and women?


Hannah is currently Lumley Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge as well as a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

She is primarily interested in how buildings operate as vehicles for political exchange, exploring the relationships between architecture, nationalism, and power. Her other interests include the national memory, the ideal of political martyrdom, and heritage issues.

As a Junior Research Fellow (2014-17) at Magdalene College, she undertaking a monograph on Marcello Piacentini, the most prominent architect of Mussolini's fascist regime. Formerly, as a Fellow of the British School at Rome (2013-14), she worked on a project on Italy's fascist ossuaries of the Great War, which focused on how the fascist state exploited death as propaganda. A book based on her doctoral thesis will be published shortly by Ashgate under the title: Nationhood and the Architecture of Death: The Monumental Cemeteries of Nineteenth-Century Italy.

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Malone, H. (2018, August 15). The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39 - The Dead [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Malone, H. "The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39 – The Dead." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,