Italo Balbo: A Fascist Life (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jul 10, 1990 - Air pilots - 475 pages
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Pioneering aviator, blackshirt leader, colonial governor, confidante and heir-apparent to Benito Mussolini, the dashing and charismatic Italo Balbo exemplified the ideals of Fascist Italy during the 1920s and 30s. He earned national notoriety after World War I as a ruthless "squadrista" whose blackshirt forces crushed socialist and trade union organizations. As Minister of Aviation from 1926 to 1933, he led two internationally heralded mass trans-Atlantic flights. When his aerial armada reached the U. S., Chicago honored him with a Balbo Avenue, New York staged a ticker-tape parade, and President Roosevelt invited him to lunch. As colonial governor from 1933 to 1940, Balbo transformed Libya from backward colony to model Italian province. To many, Italo Balbo seemed to embody a noble vision of Fascism and the New Italy.
  

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Contents

Journalist The Young Mazzinian
3
Soldier Hero of the Alpini
22
Squadrista Campaigns 1921
48
Squadrista Campaigns 1922
74
Quadrumvir The March on Rome
91
Ras of Ferrara The Intransigent
114
The Aviator 19261934
143
Undersecretary Douhets Disciple
145
The Colonizer 19341940
289
Governor General of Libya Builder and Colonizer
291
Governor General of Libya Creator of the Fourth Shore
311
Frondeur The Germanophobe
334
Fascist The Model Fascists Fascism
363
Soldier North African Commander
375
Soldier Death of a Hero
392
Abbreviations
408

Minister Father of the Aeronautica
174
Aviator The Mediterranean Cruises
191
Aviator The First Atlantic Cruise
215
Aviator The Second Atlantic Cruise
230
Air Marshal The Road to Exile
266
Notes
409
Bibliographical Note
450
Index
455
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About the author (1990)

Claudio Segre is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas and author of "Fourth Shore: The Italian Colonization of Libya.

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