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Christopher Duggan, a history professor at the University of Reading in the UK, has written extensively about Mussolini and Italy's fascist era.
He also travels to Predappio several times a year for his research. "It's not all just 25-year-olds with shaved heads," he tells The Local. "It's average-looking families who have this vision of a man who helped make Italy great." Duggan says this positive vision is partly because Italy has still not really come to terms with what happened in the 1930s under fascism. His glowing rhetoric about fascism since then has helped to rehabilitate Mussolini, explains Duggan. At a ceremony in Milan to commemorate the holocaust in January 2013, he defended Mussolini for allying with Hitler, saying the dictator probably reasoned it was "better to be on the winning side". He also praised him for "having done good" and said Italy "did not have the same responsibilities as Germany". Last year, his Forza Italia party fought an unsuccessful campaign against plans by the city of Turin to revoke Mussolini's status as an honorary citizen of the city. All of this coincided with a campaign to denigrate anti-fascism. "This has made people think it was positive," Duggan says. The hugely controversial role of the Catholic Church, with which Mussolini fostered good relations to gain strength and moral legitimacy for his regime, is also crucial in influencing how fascism is remembered. "You can't get away from the massive support for fascism from the Catholic Church," Duggan says.
Prof. Christopher Duggan (University of Reading)
Professor Christopher Duggan
Members and friends of the SIS will be sorry to hear of the death this week of Professor Christopher Duggan. Christopher had taught Italian history at the University of Reading since 1987, following a BA and DPhil at Oxford.
Christopher Duggan, Wolfson History Prize winner 2013
Christopher Duggan, Wolfson History Prize winner 2013 We were saddened to hear the news that Christopher Duggan, who won the Wolfson History Prize in 2013, has died suddenly at the age of 57. Professor Duggan was regarded as one of the world's leading experts on Italian history, and was an award-winning author and commentator on Italy's past. His most recent book, Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini's Italy (below), won the Wolfson History Prize in 2013 and was Political History Book of the Year at the Total Politics Political Book Awards. He spoke to BBC History Magazine about winning the Wolfson History Prize in May 2013. After studying at Oxford, Professor Duggan joined the University of Reading in 1987, where he taught Italian history, politics, culture and language. He served several times as Head of the Department of Italian Studies, and was Head of the School of Languages and European Studies (later Literature and Languages) between 2008 and 2013. Professor Duggan was the Chair of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
Christopher Duggan is Professor of Modern Italian History at the University of Reading. He has written on many aspects of 19th and 20th century Italian history, and his books include: Fascism and the Mafia (Yale University Press, 1989), A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1994), Francesco Crispi: From Nation to Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2002) and The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy since 1796 (Allen Lane, 2007). He is currently completing a history of fascist Italy as seen through contemporary diaries and letters. Christopher Duggan