Although Mussolini wanted to represent a modern state, he played upon the Roman origins of Italy, which means "land of oxen" or "grazen land". He imbued his rhetoric with aggression, hoping to re-establish Italy as a player on the world stage as it had been under the Roman Empire. For centuries, Italy was considered to be an economically backwards country, with trade mostly from the land, and up until unification in 1860, hindered by the fact that different languages were spoken in several states. It was hard to bring a sense of unity to people who, until relatively recently, had little more than a love of pasta in common.
In January Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, under the partial amnesia of President von Hindenberg who had said only last November that a Hitler cabinet would be "bound to develop into a party dictatorship". Germany looked like it was about to enter a civil war, and Hitler's winning tactic was to crush all political opposition. By March, as Hitler's troops shouted "Full powers, or else...", Hitler was given the power to rule by decree. The vote was won through terror: the actions of the Storm Troopers, the boycott of Jewish businesses, systematic removal of Jewish liberty and the burning of books considered "un-German" meant that, by the end of the year, 2,154 out of 2,242 of the inmates in the Dachau concentration camp voted for the regime which had imprisoned them.
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Current Exhibitions: The New Ukraine. Yorkshire is home to the largest expatriate community of Ukranians. Tim Smith's photographs alongside historical images and personal testimonies explore the Ukranian culture and people. At The Piece Hall Art Gallery, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 (01422 358087).