Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945

Mussolini s Italy Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship With Mussolini s Italy R J B Bosworth the foremost scholar on the subject writing in English vividly brings to life the period in which Italians participated in one of the twentieth century s most no

  • Title: Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945
  • Author: Richard J.B. Bosworth
  • ISBN: 9780143038566
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • With Mussolini s Italy, R.J.B Bosworth the foremost scholar on the subject writing in English vividly brings to life the period in which Italians participated in one of the twentieth century s most notorious political experiments Il Duce s Fascists were the original totalitarians, espousing a cult of violence and obedience that inspired many other dictatorships, Hitler With Mussolini s Italy, R.J.B Bosworth the foremost scholar on the subject writing in English vividly brings to life the period in which Italians participated in one of the twentieth century s most notorious political experiments Il Duce s Fascists were the original totalitarians, espousing a cult of violence and obedience that inspired many other dictatorships, Hitler s first among them But as Bosworth reveals, many Italians resisted its ideology, finding ways, ingenious and varied, to keep Fascism from taking hold as deeply as it did in Germany A sweeping chronicle of struggle in terrible times, this is the definitive account of Italy s darkest hour.

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    1. It's no surprise that such an interesting and thought-inspiring book about Italian Fascism has been written by Richard Bosworth, who wrote an acclaimed biography of the Duce several years before he wrote this work. What is a little more surprising (to me anyway), is that Richard Bosworth is a history academic from Perth, Western Australia.Be that as it may, the book under review is a fascinating and enlightening approach to the history of Fascist Italy. It is not a book for someone clueless abou [...]

    2. Contrary to that which forces me to say in order to share commentary on this book on Facebook , I cannot "highly recommend" it. The author has a very convoluted style lacking in succinctness and clarity. While the historical events depicted are of interest, the difficulty in slogging through the author's discombobulated narrative hinders its overall effectiveness upon the reader. Surely there must be better written accounts of this important story of human existence during the last century. Whi [...]

    3. بنیتو آمیلکاره آندره‌آ موسولینی در 29 ژوئیه‌ی 1883 در دوویا دی پرداپیوی ایتالیا متولد شد. او در خانواده‌ای فقیر به دنیا آمد. پدر وی، الساندرو موسولینی آهنگر بود. الساندرو یکی از فعالان آنارشیست بود. مادرش، رزا موسولینی (نی مالتونی) آموزگار مدرسه‌ی ابتدایی بود. موسولینی کودکی ب [...]

    4. An interesting view on what led to the rise of fascist Italy.I've always felt that compared to what i read about Nazi Germany and what lives of ordinary people were like during that time in Germany, I really don't know much about fascist Italy, nor have i come across as many books or films about that era in Italy. I also couldn't wrap my head around how Italy, compared to Germany or Japan during that era, basically gets a "free pass" for WWII even though it was one of its initial aggressors (I u [...]

    5. Bosworth in his book on Mussolini's Italy makes an effort to show how the fascist regime grew within the state and the extent to which it dominated the state. Fascism was not synonymous with Italian nationalism and Bosworth's explanations of the fascist growth lend credence to the idea that it was slow to take on. He categorizes fascism in various states and his most prevalent is the idea of a northern and southern fascism. This book also does an excellent job of showing how Mussolini's regime p [...]

    6. R.J.B. Bosworth wrote a great biography of Mussolini, and I was looking forward to this book as a companion volume of what life was like for ordinary Italians under fascism. The problem with this book is that it was written almost as a response to a review of his earlier biography, and it has the half-finished feel of a book written on a dare.Bosworth is a crisp and clever writer, and he has scoured the regional archives in Italy to get a sense of what life was like for both the "squadrist" fasc [...]

    7. Well, I certainly won't recommend this one. Overly long, randomly written and above all confusing as frak. Chapters titles have seldomly something to do with the content and the author keep switching subject without much logic parapraphs after paragraphs. Also, one needs to be already savy about fascist Italy because as a social historian work, he doesn't developp much about events and facts. They most of the time are hinted. Take Ciano's execution : several time evocated (even before the author [...]

    8. The author has aleady written a biography of Mussolini. This book is a sociological study of life under Italian style fascism. It is not entirely succcessful but it is not without interest. Italy in 1922 saw itself as the least of the great powers but it was really a developing country that had not integrated as a whole. In much of the country the roots of the state were very shallow with loyalties of family taking precedence over all. Fascism was bombast and pretense and Italy never had the sub [...]

    9. Social history of Fascist Italy, focusing alternately on Mussolini's governing style and its effects on Italian society. Bosworth favorably resembles Mark Mazower (Hitler's Empire, etc.) in his incisiveness, scope and prose, albeit more apt to inject humor and personal opinion into the narrative. His portrait of Italy shows a regime nowhere near as successful as its German cousin in gaining popular support: Mussolini ruled by a mixture of force and accommodation of conservative interests. Noneth [...]

    10. LOTS of detail. I have to read this slowly to digest all of it. Like others, someday I'll finish it. I'm two thirds of the way through or so.

    11. 125 pages into it and still not engaged. I am interested in this time period, but the author's presentation leaves much to be desired. Shelved.

    12. Mr. Bosworth has written a biography the way I prefer: He places the subject (Mussolini) in the context of his times. Mr. Bosworth does an excellent job of tracing the historical currents that allowed Mussolini to be Mussolini. He focuses on the currents of Italian history that shaped Mussolini's thinking and shaped Italy's reaction to Mussolini. Mr. Bosworth also does an excellent job of describing life under Mussolini for ordinary Italians.In fairness, Mr. Bosworth in his introduction states t [...]

    13. This was a beast of a book but I liked it. Took me a full month to read. I agree with other reviewers who said you could easily get lost in the sea of names. I would not recommend this to someone without any prior background knowledge about fascist Italy. Dense with detail.

    14. It is hard to visualize, walking around Modena or Cremona or Verona, Italy as I have recently, that gangs of black-shirted men ruled the streets with savage attacks for many years, from as early as 1919 to Benito Mussolini’s installation as dictator in 1925. These were not simply gang fights between rival factions but deliberate, planned strikes against “enemies of the nation,” directed in the beginning by a local ras, more and more over the months with the authority, if not the outright d [...]

    15. I'm not quite done, but I think I'm far enough in to be able to comment on this book. This book should probably not be the first one somebody reads on Fascist Italy. Many people (including myself) will find themselves swimming in names. Bosworth makes a valiant effort to come back to a few people, but given the many, many different life stories one comes across here, it will still be hard to keep track of the individuals he focuses on.On the upside, though, I am getting a real appreciation for h [...]

    16. As I pressed on through, “Mussolini’s Italy,” by R.J.B. Bosworth I faced one question repeatedly: Who would ever want to read this book? No one ever came to my mind. I bought, “Mussolini’s Italy,” online. I wanted a story of Benito Mussolini, a Mussolini biography. I did not have access to the preface in which Bosworth stated he was writing, “…a book that I wryly call to myself, ‘Mussolini without Mussolini.’” Well - the volume Bosworth turned out is scholarly, insightful, [...]

    17. Reading this rich and revealing history of Italy under fascist rule, it was hard not to be reminded of Donald Trump. As Bosworth shows, Mussolini's brand of fascism was powered more by charisma than policies, and also drew from a widespread sense of victimhood that fueled aggression, authoritarian quick fixes, and a desperate yearning to recapture a glorious, yet mythical past. World War II ended the Duce's tyranny, but did not excise fascism's totalitarian approach and mindset. Unfortunately, t [...]

    18. This book is so poorly written, that one needs a shovel to read it. If B. can take a page to say what should be handled in a sentence, he'll do it. Worse, the writing is so poorly organized on a paragraph by paragraph basis that you can tell that he plunked this out lounging at a computer. I keep wanting to scream (as I do at my students): "Outline! Outline! Outline!!!"Plus the material, fascist society, is already incredibly boring - even on its own. Better to stick with Tannenbaum. He's also d [...]

    19. Professor Bosworth knows a lot about his subject, and is a witty writer (though a bit too left-leaning to avoid the occasional self-righteous rant). The thing is, his book is not very useful if you are not already reasonably familiar with the History of Italy and Fascism. So, if you're looking for a general narrative History of Italy from the 1910s to the 1940s, this is not the book for you. Boring it ain't, though.

    20. Mussolini's Italy is less known than Hitler's Germany. Yet it was the model for the latter. Bosworth shows what Fascism meant as a challenge to the Liberal post-Risorgimento social order, and the continuities between the two. The author acknowledges the distance between Hitler's apocalyptic racial utopia and it's more cynical mainly symbolic Italian sister, but he refuses to exculpate the Italians from the crimes of Fascism. A very interesting read.

    21. Many, many little vignettes, interwoven into a long month-of-reading patchwork, 740 pages thick. Keeping track is impossible, so read as though you are living through a turbulent mess of a time, watching new shows, hearing gossip, and forgetting who is who half the time, until they come to get you, that is. And if it is a library book, do not underline fascist speeches that sound like Republicans on Fox TV. Let the future readers figure it out themselves.

    22. Very thorough and well researched, however, the author's prose is very dry and it is difficult to absorb his main messages. The chapters tend to jump around in describing events, but the author doesn't really lay out a road map to what he is trying to cover. Overall, informative - but with a heavy cost in time and effort for the reader.

    23. This book is very long , 600 pages so it's very exhaustive , it pretty much covers a part of fascism that was never told before in books , the part of the duces henchmen and what happened to them , it's not so much a story of mussolini himself but more of The Who stayed behind him and what happened to them

    24. Disorganized and limp. As another reviewer commented, it reads like an endless stack of loosely associated notecards.

    25. Easily the best and most helpful book I found for this topic. Could've used a glossary of people, as it deals with a cast of hundreds.

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