Bloomsbury Publishing, 4 mar. 2014 - 608 páginas
In 1945, disguised in German greatcoat and helmet, Mussolini attempted to escape from the advancing Allied armies. Unfortunately for him, the convoy of which he was part was stopped by partisans and his features, made so familiar by Fascist propaganda, gave him away. Within 24 hours he was executed by his captors, joining those he sent early to their graves as an outcome of his tyranny, at least one million people. He was one of the tyrant-killers who so scarred interwar Europe, but we cannot properly understand him or his regime by any simple equation with Hitler or Stalin. Like them, his life began modestly in the provinces; unlike them, he maintained a traditonal male family life, including both wife and mistresses, and sought in his way to be an intellectual. He was cruel (though not the cruellist); his racism existed, but never without the consistency and vigor that would have made him a good recruit for the SS. He sought an empire; but, in the most part, his was of the old-fashioned, costly, nineteenth century variety, not a racial or ideological imperium. And, self-evidently Italian society was not German or Russian: the particular patterns of that society shaped his dictatorship. Bosworth's Mussolini allows us to come closer than ever before to an appreciation of the life and actions of the man and of the political world and society within which he operated. With extraordinary skill and vividness, drawing on a huge range of sources, this biography paints a picture of brutality and failure, yet one tempered with an understanding of Mussolini as a human being, not so different from many of his contemporaries.

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Reseña de usuario  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A biography of a thug - very analytical and detailed about his rise and fall. Could have used more information about public opinion in Italy during the time period, but a worthy and well-done book nonetheless. Leer reseña completa

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I'm from the netherlands, i do read lot of english books.. easy, but this book is written with to many words that u normaly dont use, at least not the common ppl.. i stopped readin at page 90 and i actualy wanted too stop at 20 =p Its a pain too read, so dont waste ur money on it. Leer reseña completa


Introduction to the new edition 2010
Introduction to the first edition 2002
1 The Furies and Benito Mussolini 19441945
2 First of his class? The Mussolinis and the young Benito 18831902
3 Emigrant and socialist 19021910
4 The class struggle 19101914
5 War and revolution 19141919
6 The first months of Fascism 19191920
11 Mussolini in his pomp 19291932
12 The challenge of Adolf Hitler 19321934
13 Empire in Ethiopia 19351936
14 Crisis in Europe 19361938
15 The approach of a Second World War 19381939
16 Germanys ignoble second 19391941
17 First fall and feeble resurrection 19421943
18 The ghost of Benito Mussolini 19452010

7 The Fascist rise to power 19201922
8 Government 19221924
9 The imposition of dictatorship 19241925
10 The Man of Providence 19261929
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Richard Bosworth is one of the world's leading authorities on modern Italian history. He has been a Visiting Fellow at a number of institutions, including the Italian Academy at Columbia University, St. Johns and Clare Hall (Cambridge), Balliol and All Souls Colleges (Oxford), the Humanities Research Centre (Canberra) and the University of Trento in Italy. He currently shares his Professorship of History between the University of Western Australia and Reading University in the UK. Since the initial publication of his biography of Mussolini, he has written Mussolini's Italy: life under the dictatorship (Penguin, 2006), and a short polemic, Nationalism (Pearson, 2007). In 2009 he edited for Oxford University Press the Oxford handbook of fascism.

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