Contemporary European History

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Review Article

Benito Mussolini: Bad Guy on the International Block?


a1 University of Western Australia/Reading University;

Emilio Gentile, Fascismo di Pietra (Rome and Bari: Laterza, 2007), 273 pp., €16.00 (pb), ISBN 9788842084228.

John Gooch, Mussolini and His Generals: The Italian Armed Forces and Foreign Policy, 1922–1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 651pp., $35.00 (hb), ISBN 9780521856027.

Giuseppe Pardini, Roberto Farinacci, ovvero della Rivoluzione Fascista (Florence: Le Lettere, 2007), 475 pp., €28.50 (pb), ISBN 8860870666.

Alessandro Roselli, Italy and Albania: Financial Relations in the Fascist Period (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006), 272 pp., $85.00 (hb), ISBN 9781845112547.

Davide Rodogno, Fascism's European Empire: Italian Occupation during the Second World War, trans. Adrian Belton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 504 pp., $110.00 (hb), ISBN 9780521845151.

Donald Sassoon, Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (London: Harper Press, 2007), 187 pp., £14.99, ISBN 9780007192427.

Richard Bosworth currently holds joint chairs at the University of Western Australia and Reading University. His last three books have been Mussolini (2002), Mussolini's Italy (2006) and Nationalism (2007), and he is presently working on a book for Yale University Press, to be entitled Rome and its Histories 1800–2000.


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