Making Fascists

Making Fascists

Making Fascists

Making Fascists

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AUTHORS' PREFACE

In undertaking this book the authors were confronted with the task of corralling material which had never before been brought together and which concerned entirely new phenomena in Italian life. From the very first it was apparent that the success of the volume depended largely upon the co-operation of those men who were intimately acquainted with the details of making Fascists, men who were actually taking part in the Fascist experiment. Without exception every request for aid was graciously accorded. Officials of the Fascist party, the presidents of the various confederations, the heads of many Fascist organizations, Fascist journalists, technical advisers to the Régime, members of the bureaucracy, and statesmen gave liberally of their time and knowledge to make this book informative. It is no exaggeration to state that direct contact either by personal interview or by correspondence was made with some leader in every phase of Fascist enterprise. In order that the picture might be a balanced one, the authors also interviewed opponents of the Régime both in Italy and abroad, and thus secured information concerning certain phases of contemporary Italy, as, for instance, concerning South Tyrol and Venetia-Julia, which could not have been acquired in any other way. Personal acknowledgment for the aid obtained would be quite impossible in this place, but the authors wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who assisted them in collecting material.

Finally, the authors wish also to express their appreciation of the assistance given them by Rosina Clough in gathering the material for the book, and by Carol Schneider in the preparation of the manuscript.

SHEPARD B. CLOUGH

HERBERT W. SCHNEIDER

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