L’organizzazione dello stato totalitario (The organization of the totalitarian state)

A. Acquarone,  Einaudi.

Although it has not enjoyed the same public success as other volumes released in the same years, this monograph dedicated to the progressive construction of a state different from the liberal one is still fundamental today to understand the nature and developments of the fascist regime. Acquarone, who came from a legal background, was the first scholar to critically examine the ruptures imposed by the dictatorship in the constitutional architecture and in the administration management, questioning himself on the real totalitarian dimension of fascism. His conclusions would have been divergent from those of the next generation of historians, and not entirely correct (his view of fascism as a personal dictatorship and not a totalitarian state is highly criticized), but the contribution to the understanding of the new institutions remains decisive.