Abstract: The Bank Job: La Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and Its Activities in Spain, 1941-1946

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Abstract

The aim of this paper will be to analyze the activities of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) in Spain from 1941 until 1946, in an attempt to understand not only the Spanish economy during the first years of the dictatorship, but also the economic expansionism abroad of fascist Italy. Furthermore, this work will attempt to shed light on how companies like the BNL were able exploit the opportunities that arose when different national cultures for business-government relations collided. It will also be important to analyze the role of the BNL firm as a mediator between various actors from different national cultures with different value sets, and the extent to which this could facilitate participation in a number of enterprises—sometimes even criminal.