This thoroughly revised and updated edition provides a critical and comprehensive overview of the origins of Fascism and the movement's taking and consolidation of power. Philip Morgan focuses on the workings of the first ever 'totalitarian' system and its impacts on the lives and outlooks of ordinary Italians. Morgan gives an explanation and interpretation of Fascism which locates its place in contemporary history and takes account of the recent controversial historiographical debates on the nature of the phenomenon.
- Titre : Italian Fascism 1919-1945
- Author : Philip Morgan
- Edition : 2nd Edition
- ISBN : 0333949986
- ISBN-13 : 9780333949986
- Pub. Date : March 2004
- Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Editorial Reviews - Italian Fascism, 1919-1945
In light of the recent resurgence of fascism in Italy, recounts its first career there. Explains how the conditions after World War I allowed a small group to rise to power through violence, the use and violation of the democratic institutions, relations with the monarch and the Catholic Church, indoctrination and training, the cooperation with Germany and its decay into subservience, the pursuit of a war they seemed to be prepared for but were not, the ignoble end of Mussolini, and the eclipse of fascism.
Philip Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History at the University of Hull. He is the author of Fascism in Europe, 1919-1995 (2000).