Mussolini and the eclipse of Italian fascism : from dictatorship to populism /

On the tenth anniversary of his rise to power in 1932, Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) seemed to many the "good dictator." He was the first totalitarian and the first fascist in modern Europe. But a year later Hitler's entrance onto the political stage signaled a German takeover of the f...

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Author / Creator: Bosworth, R. J. B. (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
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Summary:On the tenth anniversary of his rise to power in 1932, Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) seemed to many the "good dictator." He was the first totalitarian and the first fascist in modern Europe. But a year later Hitler's entrance onto the political stage signaled a German takeover of the fascist ideology.0 In this definitive account, eminent historian R.J.B. Bosworth charts Mussolini's leadership in reaction to Hitler. Bosworth shows how Italy's decline in ideological pre-eminence, as well as in military and diplomatic power, led Mussolini to pursue a more populist approach: angry and bellicose words at home, violent aggression abroad, and a more extreme emphasis on charisma. In his embittered efforts to bolster an increasingly hollow and ruthless regime, it was Mussolini, rather than Hitler, who offered the model for all subsequent authoritarians
An incisive account of how Mussolini pioneered populism in reaction to Hitler's rise--and thereby reinforced his role as a model for later authoritarian leaders
Item Description:Online resouce; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed April 22, 2021).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 331 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780300255829
0300255829
Author Notes:R.J.B. Bosworth is Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He is a leading authority on Mussolini and is the author of more than two dozen books on fascism and Italy's twentieth-century experience, including Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover . He lives in Oxford, UK.