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In Mussolini’s Italy, Bosworth transports readers to old Italy, when the country was under Fascism. Naturally, much is said about the dictator, his men, and the perils their political agenda has brought to the Italians. But Bosworth does not only focus on such terrors. More important are the images Bosworth paints of the lives of faceless Italians living in terror, but balanced by civilian institutions like family and school, the church and the army. The book has that downer feel of a history textbook, yes, but Bosworth uses unassuming details such as architecture to anchor his well-woven tale.

About the author
Bosworth’s Professor of History at University of Western Australia and has been a Visiting Fellow at a number of institutions, including the Italian Academy at Columbia University, Clare Hall (Cambridge), Balliol college (Oxford), All Souls College (Oxford) and the University of Trento.


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