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Dictating Demography


  • 13 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 302 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 304.6/0945/0904
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: HB3599 .I67 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Italy--Population--History
    • Italy--Population policy--History
    • Italy--History--1922-1945

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521554527 | ISBN-10: 0521554527)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published October 1996

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$149.00 (C)

This book is a detailed examination of the demographic policy of Mussolini's Fascist regime. Based on archival research, it examines both the Italian statistics, and the demographic theory of the time. The author shows how the Fascists used statistics to mold public opinion through propaganda, as well as to form policy. He describes their program to increase the population in Italy, and reveals what the policy behind this program tells us about the contradictory nature of Fascism itself--it was at the same time modern and antimodern, revolutionary and reactionary.


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.

Prize Winner

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books for 1997

The 1997 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association


"Ipsen presents a fascinating analysis of Mussolini's use of statistics in propagandizing policies to increase birth rates and promote demographic colonization....The text abounds with informed charts and includes an invaluable bibliography." M.S. Miller, Choice

"From the standpoint of someone who is first ane foremost concerned with the history of modern political thought, I strongly advise those who share this interest to examine these two book." Jean-Guy Prévost, Can Jrnl of Pol Sci

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