Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922-1943

By Lucy M. Maulsby

© 2014

Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–1943 chronicles the dramatic architectural and urban transformation of Milan during the nearly twenty years of fascist rule. The commercial and financial centre of Italy and the birthplace of fascism, Milan played a central role in constructing fascism’s national image and identity as it advanced from a revolutionary movement to an established state power.

Using a wide range of archival sources, Lucy M. Maulsby analyses the public buildings, from the relatively modest party headquarters to the grandiose Palace of Justice and the Palazzo del Popolo d’Italia, through which Mussolini intended to enhance the city’s image and solidify fascism’s presence in Milan. Maulsby establishes the extent to which Milan’s economic structure, social composition, and cultural orientation affected Il Duce’s plans for the city, demonstrating the influences on urban development that were beyond the control of the fascist regime. By placing Milan’s urban change in its historic context, this book expands our understanding of the relationship between fascism and the modern city.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Illustrations: 65
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
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Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan chronicles the dramatic architectural and urban transformation of Milan during the nearly twenty years of fascist rule.

Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922-1943

By Lucy M. Maulsby

© 2014

Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–1943 chronicles the dramatic architectural and urban transformation of Milan during the nearly twenty years of fascist rule. The commercial and financial centre of Italy and the birthplace of fascism, Milan played a central role in constructing fascism’s national image and identity as it advanced from a revolutionary movement to an established state power.

Using a wide range of archival sources, Lucy M. Maulsby analyses the public buildings, from the relatively modest party headquarters to the grandiose Palace of Justice and the Palazzo del Popolo d’Italia, through which Mussolini intended to enhance the city’s image and solidify fascism’s presence in Milan. Maulsby establishes the extent to which Milan’s economic structure, social composition, and cultural orientation affected Il Duce’s plans for the city, demonstrating the influences on urban development that were beyond the control of the fascist regime. By placing Milan’s urban change in its historic context, this book expands our understanding of the relationship between fascism and the modern city.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Illustrations: 65
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “Thorough, rich, and compelling, Architecture, Fascism, and the Claiming of Modern Milan lifts the discussion about architecture under fascism from the narrow confines of the public polemics of architects and carries it into the far more complex and nuanced world of politics.”
    Diane Ghirardo
    School of Architecture, University of Southern California

    ‘This is an interesting and well documented book….It will be of great interest to historians of architecture, fascism, urban Italy and Milan, as well as to the general reader.’


    John Foot
    Annali d'Italianistica Vol 33:2015

    ‘This is a fascinating study… The book marks an important contribution to the historiography of architecture and urban planning… It offers perspectives that can inform the study of other cities.’


    Aristotle Kallis
    H-Italy, H-Net Reviews May 2017

    “Although dissecting Rome’s role in shaping Fascist architecture, urban planning, and propaganda occupies a central concern in scholarship, Lucy Maulsby’s book on the transformation of Milan’s architecture and urbanism during the inter-war years takes the reader through less-familiar territory that is equally compelling.”
    Michelangelo Sabatino, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston
  • Author Information

    Lucy M. Maulsby is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University in Boston.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Abbreviations

    Introduction

    1. Milan in Context

    2. Respectable Fascism: Fascist Party Headquarters, 1922–1931

    3. The Commercial City: The Trading Exchange and Piazza degli Affari, 1928–1939

    4. Fascist Authority: The Palace of Justice, 1932–1940

    5. Urban Networks: Fascist Party Headquarters, 1931–1940

    6. Museum, Monument, and Memorial: The Palazzo del Popolo d’Italia, 1938–1942

    Epilogue

    Notes

    Selected Bibliography

    Index

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