Mussolini: History in an Hour

Mussolini‘Il Duce’, Benito Mussolini, was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Famed for his dictatorial style, his political cunning and admired – initially – by Hitler, Mussolini led the National Fascist Party and ruled Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. In so doing, he paved the way towards Italy’s defeat in World War Two, and some of the 20th century’s most destructive ideologies and practices.

Following expulsion from Italian Socialist Party, Mussolini denounced all efforts of class conflict, and instead later commanded a Fascist March on Rome to become the youngest Prime Minister in Italian history. Thereafter he set about dismantling the apparatus of democracy and initiated what would become known as the one-party totalitarian state. With World War II came defeat, humiliation and his bloody deposing. Explaining his ideologies, policies, actions and flaws, ‘Mussolini: History in an Hour’ by History in an Hour’s founder, Rupert Colley, is the concise life of the man whose ideas helped create some of the worst horrors of the modern history.

This, in an hour, is Mussolini…

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Early Years
World War One
Mutilated Victory
March on Rome
The Matteotti Crisis
Mussolini and the Pope
The Duce’s Cult of Personality
Mussolini’s Women
Mussolini’s Foreign Adventures
Mussolini’s Wars
Austria, Czechoslovakia and Albania
Mussolini’s Downfall
The Rescue of Mussolini
The Italian Social Republic
Execution of a Dictator
The Italian Holocaust
Mussolini’s body