Maurizio Maraviglia

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Maurizio Maraviglia (15 January 1878, Paola, Calabria - 26 September 1955, Rome) was an Italian politician and academic.

Life[edit]

A functionary in the Ministry of Public Information, Maraviglia was a member of the Italian Socialist Party until 1906.[1] Moving to the right he became a supporter of nationalism and a founder member of the Italian Nationalist Association in 1910.[1] An important figure in the development of their ideology, he was part of the editorial staff of L'Idea Nazionale.[2] Following service in the First World War he also wrote for the influential Politica journal of Francesco Coppola and Alfredo Rocco.[3] He came to identify with fascism and was part of the negotiation team that secured the merger between the Associaition and the National Fascist Party.[3]

Under the fascists Maraviglia initially enjoyed a high profile. He served in the Italian Chamber of Deputies for Calabria-Lucania from 1924 to 1939 before graduating to the Italian Senate.[3] He was appointed to the Grand Council of Fascism in 1938 and managed to secure a position at the University of Perugia as an academic alongside Sergio Panunzio.[3] His profile fell in later years after he was implicated in fraud at the Banca del Sud.[3] He was adjudged to have no war guilt charges to answer and took no part in post-war politics.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Philip Rees, Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, 1990, p. 250
  2. ^ Nolte, Ernst (1969). Three Faces of Fascism: Action Française, Italian fascism, National Socialism. New York: Mentor. p. 615. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rees, Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right, p. 251