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Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (Text Only Edition) by [Sassoon, Donald]
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Praise for ‘The Culture of the Europeans’:

‘An absorbing, illuminating and enjoyable book…anyone with an interest in the development of culture…will find it interesting, informative and surprisingly entertaining. It is also packed with good sense.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Never less than penetrating in his comments…this…book shows how British historians such as Sassoon…now occupy the commanding heights of comparative European history and analysis.’ Financial Times

‘Convincing and well–written…Sassoon limits himself to the issue of fascism's rise to power which he explains well.’ Sunday Times

‘A clear, concise analysis of Mussolini's 1922 power grab…Sassoon is as adept at micro-history as the grand sweep.’ Daily Telegraph

Praise for ‘Mona Lisa’:

‘Sassoon’s style is witty and elegant…He has created a scholarly and entertaining book that says as much about global celebrity as it does about the painting itself.’ The Observer

‘This skilfull investigation…is a treasure trove of historical detail…it almost makes it possible to look at the picture with clean eyes.’ Daily Mail

‘Enormous, unique and encyclopedic … a monument to streetwise and cosmopolitan scholarship.’ Eric Hobsbaum, Guardian

‘Absorbing, illuminating and enjoyable … informative and surprisingly entertaining.’ Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph

‘This is an extremely valuable book.’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Donald Sassoon is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of several books, including ‘Contemporary Italy: Politics, Economy and Society Since 1945’, ‘One Hundred Years of Socialism’ (Fontana 1997), ‘Mona Lisa: The History of the World’s Most Famous Painting’ and ‘The Culture of the Europeans: From 1800 to the Present’.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092HPZ66
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Fascism and Mussolini occurred. 29 Jun. 2015
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Well written book that adds pertinent information for this little understood period in Italian history.
4.0 out of 5 stars About historic incidents 8 July 2013
By Hans Jølver Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Inspiring book on how unfortunate circumstance, foolishness and political opportunism leads to the fall of the Italian democratic institutions. Worth reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening but not necessarily entertaining 27 Mar. 2009
By Patrick M. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
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Sassoon's "Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism" is pretty much summed up in its title. The book really is a focus on the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy. It has very little to do with Mussolini before or after. That being said, it is the best rendering of this subject that I have found to date. In many ways, the book challenges some of our fundamental assumptions about the Fascist take over of Italy. What most people learn in school of an ultra-populist movement caused by the Great Depression is only partially correct. In the end, it isn't Mussolini's populatiry that leads to his rise but the failure of his opponents to organize effectively against him and the lack of a true democratic culture in Italy that ultimately lead to his rise to power. Sassoon is wise to discount neither Mussolini's astuteness or the historical forces that surround him in his attempt to explain the events of 1921-1923. The failure of the book is in that it doesn't do much to make you care. You must already have an interest in the subject to wade through the text. Perhaps, the weaving of some personal narratives might have made the book more than just educational and might have also made it entertaining.
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