Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922â1943Â 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 fascismâs 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 delÂ Popolo dâItalia, through which Mussolini intended to enhance the cityâs image and solidify fascismâs presence in Milan. Maulsby establishes the extent to which Milanâs economic structure, social composition, and cultural orientation affected Il Duceâs plans for the city, demonstrating the influences on urban development that were beyond the control of the fascist regime. By placing Milanâs urban change in its historic context, this book expands our understanding of the relationship between fascism and the modern city.