Christopher Duggan

The Dawn of Il Duce

Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism

By

HarperPress 187pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

There is probably no more frequently asked question about twentieth-century Italian history than ‘Why did Benito Mussolini come to power in 1922?’. Donald Sassoon, the distinguished historian of the Italian Communist Party and of European socialism, and the author of a recent, monumental survey of the development of Europe’s cultural markets in the last two centuries, has provided a nuanced, balanced and in many respects comprehensive answer in an elegant extended essay that will come as a godsend to A-level students and undergraduates up and down the country. It is a work that draws very heavily on the Italian and Anglo-Saxon scholarship of the last forty years; but Sassoon’s command of the field of international history also enables him to place Mussolini and Italian fascism in often refreshing and unfamiliar comparative perspectives.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'It would be nice to think that women will achieve equal pay in my lifetime, rather than to watch gloomily as stati… ,
    • In 1660, two of the signatories of King Charles I's death warrant fled across the Atlantic to New England. But were… ,
    • Howard Jacobson's sixteenth novel is 'a love story of sorts, one characterised not by physical desire or even conta… ,
    • 'The sudden immersion in the new and unfamiliar can lead people to write with a rare lack of self-consciousness' P… ,
    • 'Pools bend the rules. Clothes slip off, skin glistens, consciousness heightens. A dreamlike scenario unfolds' Jam… ,
    • 'Although he surely didn’t know W H Auden’s theory that every high C proclaims human freedom and our capacity to tr… ,
    • RT : With beginning tomorrow, we've uncovered a 1997 article from the archive reviewing 'Golf Dream… ,