Anglophobia in Fascist Italy

By Jacopo Pili

Anglophobia in Fascist Italy

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5965-6
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2022
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, Humanities / European history, Italy, Society & social sciences / Fascism & Nazism, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism, History & Archaeology, History, Modern History


This book is freely available in digital formats thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Anglophobia in Fascist Italy traces the origins and development of anti-British sentiment in Fascist Italy, as Britain turned from being an ally in the First World War to an enemy in the Second. The book demonstrates that Fascist ideologues framed Britain as a stagnant and decaying country and the polar opposite of Fascism's new civilisation, to the point that the regime's assessment of British political resolve and military might were distorted by ideological bias. The book offers a thorough analysis of diplomatic, military and journalistic sources and demonstrates that anti-British tropes had permeated Italy to a greater degree than was previously believed.


1 The Representation of British Foreign Policy
2 British Politics, Economics and Culture in Fascist Discourse
3 Appraisals of Britain's Military Strength and War Propaganda
4 'The Racial Inferiority of Anglo-Saxons': Britain in the Nordicist/Mediterraneanist Debate
5 The Italian Public's Reception of the Fascist Discourse on Britain
6 The Perception of the British after the Fall of Fascism


Jacopo Pili received his doctorate in History from the University of Leeds and has taught at the University of Leeds and Rome Tor Vergata University

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