Mussolini: A Biography

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 5, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) was the founder of Fascism and iron-fisted ruler of Italy for two decades. He was also an extremely able politician who won the esteem of many statesmen—including Winston Churchill and influential persons in the United States.

This biography describes Mussolini's childhood; his education (including his suspension from school for attacking other boys with knives); his World War I experiences and severe wounding; his involvement in, and eventual expulsion from the revolutionary Italian Socialist Party; his numerous love affairs, his early career as a journalist and his rise to power and brutal rule.
 

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This new biography will refine our portrait of a 20th-century dictator. It has been Mussolini's great historical fortune that he shared the stage with Hitler and Stalin. Overshadowed by the barbarism ... Read full review

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Ridley has written numerous biographies (e.g., Maximilian and Juarez, LJ 11/1/92), with Mussolini inspiring his latest but probably not his best work. The well-known tale of the poor Italian with the ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Red Romagna
1
2 The Difficult Child
9
3 Switzerland
17
4 The Trentino
29
5 The Libyan War
42
6 Red Week
51
7 The Break with Socialism
59
8 The Interventionist
69
23 The Fascist Regime
201
24 The Duce at Work
213
25 Depression and Disarmament
225
26 Hitler
235
27 Ethiopia
245
28 Defying the World
255
29 Victory
262
30 The Spanish Civil War
273

9 Corporal Mussolini
74
10 The Fascio di Combattimento
81
11 The Bolshevik Menace
92
12 Castor Oil and Arson
103
13 The Treaty of Pacification
112
14 The General Strike
121
15 The March on Rome
129
16 Prime Minister
138
17 Corfu
149
18 Matteotti
159
19 Consolidating the Dictatorship
168
20 The Terrorists
176
21 The Mafia
187
22 The Concordat
194
31 The Racial Laws
283
32 Munich
293
33 NonBelligerency
302
34 The War Between Blood and Gold
315
35 Marching on Moscow
325
36 The TwentyFifth of July
336
37 The Italian Social Republic
345
38 Mussolini At Bay
353
39 Nemesis
363
Sources and References
370
Bibliography
401
Index
407
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