L’opinione degli italiani sotto il regime 1929-1943 (The opinion of the Italians under the 1929-1943 regime)

Simona Colarizi, Laterza.

Based on an extensive archival documentation consisting basically of reports on the public spirit of Public Security informants, this volume represented the first systematic investigation of the «public spirit» of the population, to use the definition of the time, between the consolidation of the dictatorship and its collapse. Reports produced by a wide audience of agents infiltrated or recruited by different agencies (OVRA, Carabinieri, police headquarters, PNF) are often a crude and sometimes unreliable source, but still offer a remarkable insight into the changes in public opinion towards the choices of the regime, up to the vertical collapse of the consensus from the entry into war.