Mussolini Unleashed, 1939-1941

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Mussolini Unleashed, 1939-1941

By MacGregor Knox
Cambridge University Press, 1982
385 pp. $29.50
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A careful reconstruction, based on extensive archival research, of Mussolini's disastrous drive to empire. Mussolini sought for Italy great-power status, with preeminence in southern Europe and a great African empire. After Hitler's victories, he triumphed over the prudent elements of the Italian establishment-king, generals, and Church-only to have military defeats shatter his dreams and his regime. A fascinating story, clearly, if not elegantly, told, and of considerable interest to any student of fascism and the Second World War.

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