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Mussolini's Italy Hardcover – 2005


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  • Hardcover: 692 pages
  • Publisher: ALLEN LANE (PENG) (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713996978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713996975
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,657,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Baumeister VINE VOICE on February 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
RJB Bosworth is likely the pre-eminent scholar exploring Benito Mussolini and Fascist Italy today; his previous biography of Mussolini himself is simply masterful, complete, satisfying scholarship in every way. In this substantial book, he leaves Mussolini the man himself to one side, and instead examines Italy and the Italians as a nation (or, as becomes clear, several very different regions inside one set of borders), how life was lived under Fascism, what Fascism meant to them, and how it was interpreted and imposed from above.

Italy following World War I remained the very least of the Great Powers, impotent politically, weak militarily, essentially shunted aside by the other Allied powers at Versailles now that Italy's usefulness as a co-combatant was over; the nation was still incompletely assimilated and although technically united as one country since the Risorgimento, was in fact a clump of disparate regions, some poor but beginning to develop (the north, principally), some more poor and living roughly no better than had been done 200 years prior - besides Naples, eveerything south of Rome. Fascism offered a type of nationalist pride, promised economic development, modernization, and swung between its socialist beginnings and a syndicalist corporatism, depending on the speaker, the region, and the year. If the people couldn't read the newspapers, and most of them could not, at least the speeches sounded serious. And there were a lot of speeches.

In practice, Italy's client-based political, social, and financial arrangements changed little.
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