Mussolini's Italy by R. J. B. Bosworth
Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945

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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.


About R. J. B. Bosworth

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A renowned Anglophone Italianist, Richard Bosworth is Professor of History at Reading University and Winthrop Professor of History at the University of Western Australia. In 2011, he will become a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He divides his time between Australia and England.
Published January 30, 2007 by Penguin Books. 740 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Mussolini himself warned that “thousands of individuals had interpreted Fascism as no more than a defense of their own personal interests and as an organizer of violence for the sake of violence,” but by the time Italy made the grievous error of declaring war first on the USSR and then on the U.S...

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With this insightful, comprehensive study, Bosworth secures his place as one of the two leading historians in the English-speaking world (the other being Paul Ginsborg) of 20th-century Italy. Boswo

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Among the greatest virtues of R. J. B. Bosworth's study is his eye for what made Italian Fascism Italian.

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In choosing to travel light as far as the conceptual baggage of comparative fascist studies is concerned, Bosworth is in good company, since much of the best known work published on Mussolini's regime in English has tended to be similarly methodologically challenged in this respect: names that sp...

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