On fascistization: Mussolini’s political project for Franco’s Spain, 1937–1939

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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. ‘Single party, single militia, single worker’s union, on these three pillars the great Spain of tomorrow will be built’, wrote Mussolini to Franco in August 1937, only four months after the new single party, Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS, was created. From the Duce’s point of view, all the political tools developed to achieve a brilliant present and a greater future were the result of Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War. The political implementation of fascism, the single party, corporativism, propaganda and economic modernization were considered to have been derived from Italy’s military and diplomatic involvement in Spain. But, surprisingly, that political presence has largely been undervalued by historians examining the political construction and nature of Franco’s Spain. This article re-evaluates the importance, and limits, of Mussolini’s political project in Spain: fascistization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-487
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Modern Italian Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017


  • Falange
  • Fascism
  • Spanish Civil War
  • fascistization


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