Mussolini and Fascist Italy / Edition 3

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In Mussolini and Fascist Italy Martin Blinkhorn explains the significance of the man, the movement and the regime which dominated Italian life between 1922 and the closing stages of the Second World War. He examines: those aspects of post-Risorgimento Italy which provided the long-term context vital to an understanding of Fascism, the social and political convulsions wrought by economic change after 1890 and by Italy's intervention in the First World War, the Fascist movement's rapid rise from obscurity to power and the subsequent establishment of Mussolini's dictatorship, the history of the Fascist regime until its demise during the Second World War, the ways in which Italian Fascism has been understood by contemporary analysts and by historians. The third edition of this best-selling Lancaster Pamphlet provides an expanded and fully updated analysis. New features include additional material on Fascist totalitarianism and a completely revised consideration of the ways in which Fascism has been interpreted.

About the Author:
Martin Blinkhorn is Professor of Modern European History at Lancaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415262064
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Lancaster Pamphlets Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Time chart     x
Maps: Italy 1919-45     xiv
The Italian Empire in 1940     xv
Note on usage     xvi
Introduction     1
The setting: liberal Italy, 1861-1915     4
Politics and society in liberal Italy     4
Italy and the wider world, 1861-96     6
Liberals and the challenge of change     8
From liberalism to democracy?     10
Critics of liberalism     12
The seedbed of fascism     14
Italy at war, 1915-18     14
Post-war crisis and convulsion     17
The making of a fascist     21
Fascism's conquest of power, 1919-25     24
Fascism from birth to mass party, 1919-22     24
The March on Rome     27
The road to dictatorship, 1922-5     30
Italy under Fascism     35
Party, state and Duce     35
The Corporate State in theory and practice     39
Fascist economic policies and their impact     43
Fascist totalitarianism: myths and realities     50
Diplomacy and imperialism, 1922-36     56
Fascism and foreign affairs     56
Mussolini'sdiplomacy, 1922-32     59
Realizing the imperial dream: Ethiopia, 1932-6     61
The decline and fall of Fascism, 1936-45     65
The Duce at war, 1936-43     65
The overthrow of Mussolini     68
The Republic of Salo and the end of Fascism     71
Interpreting Italian Fascism     74
Fascism, moral crisis and mass society     74
Fascism, capitalism and class     77
Fascism, totalitarianism and modernization     79
Fascism, 'political religion' and national 'rebirth'     82
Conclusion     85
Suggested reading     87
Index     91
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