Italo Balbo: A Fascist Life

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University of California Press, Aug 9, 1990 - History - 466 pages
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

The Young Mazzinian
3
Hero of the Alpini
22
Campaigns 1921
48
Campaigns 1922
74
The March on Rome
91
The Intransigent
114
The Aviator 19261934
143
Douhets Disciple
145
The Second Atlantic Cruise
230
The Road to Exile
266
Builder and Colonizer
291
Creator of the Fourth
311
The Germanophobe
334
The Model Fascists Fascism
363
North African Commander
375
Death of a Hero
392

Father of the Aeronautica
174
The Mediterranean Cruises
191
The First Atlantic Cruise
215
Abbreviations
408
Bibliographical Note
450
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Claudio Segré is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas and author of Fourth Shore: The Italian Colonization of Libya.

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