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Ebner Featured in HISTORY Article on Mussolini, Fascism

April 13, 2022

HISTORY

Michael R. Ebner

Michael R. Ebner


Prior to becoming was one of the most famous fascists of the 20th century, Benito Mussolini was a young socialist. He was expelled from the Socialist Party over his support for Italy’s entrance into World War I. "Mussolini was more of an authoritarian revolutionary than an orthodox Marxist," says Michael Ebner, associate professor of history and author of "Ordinary Violence in Mussolini's Italy" (Cambridge University Press, 2011). "With the outbreak of World War I, he came to see nationalism and militarism as the keys to revolutionary upheaval. He therefore left behind Marxist economic determinism and pacifism." Read more in the HISTORY article, "How Mussolini Seized Power in Italy—And Turned It Into a Fascist State." 


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