Faith and Fascism

Catholic Intellectuals in Italy, 1925–43

  • Jorge Dagnino

Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000 book series (HISASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jorge Dagnino
    Pages 1-12
  3. The FUCI 1925–33

  4. The FUCI 1933–39

  5. The FUCI 1939–43

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Jorge Dagnino
      Pages 183-207
    3. Jorge Dagnino
      Pages 209-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-254

About this book


This is a study of the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana (FUCI) between 1925 and 1943, the organisation of Catholic Action for the university sector. The FUCI is highly significant to the study of Catholic politics and intellectual ideas, as a large proportion of the future Christian Democrats who ruled the country after World War II were formed within the ranks of the federation. 

In broader terms, this is a contribution to the historiography of Fascist Italy and of Catholic politics and mentalities in Europe in the mid- twentieth century. It sets out to prove the fundamental ideological, political, social and cultural influences of Catholicism on the making of modern Italy and how it was inextricably linked to more secular forces in the shaping of the nation and the challenges faced by an emerging mass society. Furthermore, the book explores the influence exercised by Catholicism on European attitudes towards modernisation and modernity, and how Catholicism has often led the way in the search for a religious alternative modernity that could countervail the perceived deleterious effects of the Western liberal version of modernity.


Europe fascism history Italy modern history political history political science politics religion society

Authors and affiliations

  • Jorge Dagnino
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of HistoryUniversity of the AndesSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-44893-4
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