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Mussolini

Author: Martin Clark
Publisher: Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson/Longman, ©2005.
Series: Profiles in power (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Mussolini is remembered as one of the two most important Fascist dictators of the twentieth century. He seized power in Italy in 1922 and ruled the country until overthrown in 1943. But his rule ended in military disaster and personal humiliation, and he was executed by anti-Fascist partisans in 1945." "On the 60th anniversary of Mussolini's death, Martin Clark's portrayal of the Fascist dictator's leadership bears  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Clark
ISBN: 058206595X 9780582065956
OCLC Number: 56104297
Description: xii, 359 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction Mussolini: Personality and Power 1 Early Years and the Great War 1883-1918 2 Manoeuvres to Power 1918-22 3 Precarious Tenure 1922-4 4 Making the Fascist State 1925-9 5 Targets and 'Battles' 1925-35 6 At the Height of his Power? The Regime and the Duce 1929-35 7 The Duce Abroad: Propaganda, Peacemaking and War 1922-36 8 Electing a New People 1936-40 9 The Approach of War 1936-40 10 The Duce at War 1940-3 11 The Years of Captivity 1943-5 Conclusion: Debates Among Historians
Series Title: Profiles in power (London, England)
Responsibility: Martin Clark.

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"Mussolini is remembered as one of the two most important Fascist dictators of the twentieth century. He seized power in Italy in 1922 and ruled the country until overthrown in 1943. But his rule ended in military disaster and personal humiliation, and he was executed by anti-Fascist partisans in 1945." "On the 60th anniversary of Mussolini's death, Martin Clark's portrayal of the Fascist dictator's leadership bears a striking resemblance to the rule of contemporary politicians, obsessed by media spin and short-term triumphs at home and abroad. Clark argues that Mussolini pioneered a 'mediacracy' - rule by journalists attempting to ensure that all social institutions, and even the private sphere, conform to government dictates. The Fascist stress on political correctness may have been quite different in subject matter from today's, but was similar in its attempts to make certain extremely common things unsayable and even unthinkable."--Jacket.

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'...a highly readable account, packed with information, full of references to present-day politics and with a fair number of light-hearted asides to the reader. Clark is a master of the moderating Read more...

 
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