The Slovenians from Primorska (Littoral) and the Functioning of the Local Fascist Local Administrations in the 1930s


  • Boris Mlakar Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana


Italy, Slovenia, Primorska (Slovenian Littoral), fascism, local administration, municipalities, democracy


The author focuses on the role of the Primorska Slovenians in the functioning of the municipal administrations in the period after 1928, when the fascist regime ultimately abolished the municipal self–management and thus also the mayoral and municipal council elections. Since then the so–called »Podestà« headed the Slovenian Littoral municipalities, whose number decreased considerably at that time. The Podestà were appointed by the provincial prefects and had to be confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior in Rome. The Podestà had advisory committees at their disposal, whose members were also appointed by the prefect. All leading functions at the municipal level at that time were held by Italians, who also had to be members of the Fascist Party. Only in a few extraordinary cases these officials were of Slovenian descent.






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