Mussolini’s Fascism

Thomas Meakin asks to what extent Italian Fascism represented a triumph of style over substance.

Benito Mussolini and Fascist Blackshirt youth in 1935.The murder of Benito Mussolini on 28 April 1945 marked the end of Italian Fascism’s 26-year regime. Il Duce had been elevated to heights of popularity unparalleled since the days the Risorgimento and Giuseppe Garibaldi, yet the dictator’s fate in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra represented an ignominious demise for the Italian ‘Sun God’.

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