Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945

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Penguin, Jan 30, 2007 - History - 720 pages
With Mussolini ’s Italy, R.J.B. Bosworth—the foremost scholar on the subject writing in English—vividly brings to life the period in which Italians participated in one of the twentieth century’s most notorious political experiments. Il Duce’s Fascists were the original totalitarians, espousing a cult of violence and obedience that inspired many other dictatorships, Hitler’s first among them. But as Bosworth reveals, many Italians resisted its ideology, finding ways, ingenious and varied, to keep Fascism from taking hold as deeply as it did in Germany. A sweeping chronicle of struggle in terrible times, this is the definitive account of Italy’s darkest hour.
 

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Many, many little vignettes, interwoven into a long month-of-reading patchwork, 740 pages thick. Keeping track is impossible, so read as though you are living through a turbulent mess of a time ... Read full review

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While I'm tempted to mark this sprawling tome down just for its overflowing nature, perhaps that is an indication of the messy quality of the topic. As while the Fascists prattled and blathered about ... Read full review

Contents

Going to the people
Dictating fulltime
Becoming imperialists
36
Embracing Nazi Germany
36
Lurching into
36
The wages of Fascist
36
Losing all the wars
36
The Fascist heritage
36

Learning to rule from Rome
Building a totalitarian dictatorship
Forging Fascist society
Placing Italy in Europe
Conclusion
36
Notes
36
Index
109
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R. J. B. Bosworth is an Australian historian and author and a recognized expert on Fascist Italy. He taught history at the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia, and was a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. A fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Bosworth is the author of Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915–1945 and The Oxford Handbook of Fascism.

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