The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War

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In this powerful history, Philip Morgan tells the dramatic story of Mussolini's fall from power in July 1943, illuminating both the causes and the consequences of this momentous event.
Morgan recounts how King Emanuel first ousted Mussolini and how Germany then succeeded in putting him back in place, this time as a puppet of the Nazis. The resulting chaos included fighting by anti-fascist rebel groups, retributions on all sides, and mini civil wars throughout the country. When Germany finally surrendered, Italy was in complete disarray. The book shines light on how common people responded to and coped with the extraordinary pressures of wartime living and with the invasion, occupation, and division of their country by warring foreign powers. Morgan's descriptions of little known events from Italy's war, as well as vivid eye-witness reports from people who hid Jews, fought in the resistance, and killed collaborators, clearly show how much the country suffered during this time. And it proves how crucial the experience of this period was in shaping Italy's post-war sense of nationhood and its transition to democracy.
The book also debunks the myths that arose after the war, which depicted the nation as almost entirely anti-Fascist, with the heroes of the resistance movement fighting to rid their country first of Mussolini, then of their German occupiers. In truth, the situation surrounding Mussolini's removal from power, return to power, and eventual execution was far more complicated. This book presents an accurate history of Italy during the war years, rather than what Italians imagine or want their actions to have been.

"A clear and sensitive account of a forgotten conflict. Takes readers well past the jokes and romance which demean most other interpretations of Fascist Italy's war." —Richard Bosworth, author of Mussolini

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199219346
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 536,557
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History at the University of Hull. His previous publications include Italian Fascism, 1919-1945 and Fascism in Europe, 1919-1945.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Remembering the Second World War in Italy
1. The First Fall of Mussolini, July 1943
2. Fascist Italy at War, 1940-1943: Propaganda and Reality
3. Fascist Italy at War, 1940-43: Collapse of the Home Front
4. The Forty-Five Days, July to September 1943
5. The Armistice, September 1943
6. The Invasion and Occupation of Italy, and the Kingdom of the South, 1943-1945
7. The Other Two Italies, and their Three Wars, 1943-1945
Conclusion: Italy's War

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