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Mussolini's Cities: Internal Colonialism in Italy,1930-1939

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Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. It is hard to realize, today, that the Pontine Marshes were the focus for an extraordinary national land reclamation and urbanization project during Mussolini's fascist regime. Between and , the marshes became the target of massive national investment, internal migration often non-voluntary and engineering work.

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In the s, the Pontine Marshes became key protagonists in national culture: featured in newsreels, newspapers and propaganda, they became a metaphor for the regime's modernizing drive and ambition to create a new Italy where one had not been able to exist before. In particular, the regime's planners clamored to create New Towns in the reclaimed marshes; these were to be planned along fascist lines, and populated with selected colonists from the north.

Mussolini's Cities: Internal Colonialism in Italy, 1930-1939

Written by an Oxford University professor Federico Caprotti, this book is about the Pontine Marshes project and brings together cohesive strands of research which have not appeared alongside one another before. For example, the book explores the architectural and urban planning aspects of the totalitarian minds which devised and built the New Towns; the lived experience of the 'colonists' who were forced to populate the new cities; the technological aspects which made the project possible, such as the fight against malaria, seen by fascism to be a 'non-totalitarian' disease; and finally, the promotion of the Pontine Marshes project through the press and film.

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USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview In , the Pontine Marshes, are very much part of the Italian national landscape. A traveller who takes a Eurostar train from Rome to Naples will pass through the marshes, which are a marshland only in name Agro Pontino in Italian. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39 3 , , Journal of Historical Geography 33 3 , , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37 6 , , Critical research on eco-cities?

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That area, and others, had been a source of malaria, a disease endemic to Sardinia since the time of the Carthaginian conquest of the island in BC. Sardinia was the most malaria-ridden area in Italy at the early part of the 20th century. Legislation in to provide free quinine which attacks the malaria-causing plasmodium parasite directly in the bloodstream and later reclamation by drainage of the area in the Fascist period greatly reduced the incidence of malaria by destroying the breeding sites of the anopheles mosquito that carries the parasite. The disease, however, was not definitively defeated until after WWII when the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the Rockefeller Foundation provided funds for what amounted to all-out DDT attack on Sardinian breeding sites of the anopheles mosquito.

Between and , metric tons of DDT were spread over the island. Malaria was eradicated, but knowing what we now know about DDT, there is, at least in hindsight, some question as to the wisdom of that operation. T hree new towns that were born in the period between and on Sardinia are Mussolinia, Fertilia, and Carbonia.

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