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Between Pope and Duce

Catholic Students in Fascist Italy


Richard J. Wolff

Between Pope and Duce: Catholic Students in Fascist Italy traces the fascinating history of young Catholic intellectuals in Italy under Fascism. It is a complex story of courageous resistance to Fascist pressures and periodic willing collaboration. Despite Mussolini's efforts to thoroughly «fascistize» Italy's youth, a significant minority of university students, thanks to the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana, remained resistant to all but the most generic Fascist appeals. In the process, the leadership of the postwar Christian Democratic party was nurtured and its relationship with the Catholic Church solidified.
The first full-length English language study of Catholic university students under Mussolini and a new perspective on the relationship between Church and State in Fascist Italy.