44 Chilling Photos Of Life Inside Fascist Italy

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Before the Nazis, there was fascist Italy. Often overshadowed by the other members of the Axis and treated as little more than a footnote in the history of World War II, Italy was actually the world’s first fascist state.

After Benito Mussolini took power in 1922, life in Italy radically changed. Every person in the nation was forced to sign up as a member of the National Fascist Party, and to swear allegiance to both Mussolini and to the ideals of fascism — and anyone who refused was barred from having a job and ostracized from every part of the state.

[Read the full article at All That Is Interesting.]

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