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Mussolini and Hitler : the forging of the fascist alliance, Christian Goeschel

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Mussolini and Hitler : the forging of the fascist alliance
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Mussolini and Hitler
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the forging of the fascist alliance
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Christian Goeschel
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eng
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"From 1934 until 1944 Mussolini met Hitler numerous times, and the two developed a relationship that deeply affected both countries. While Germany is generally regarded as the senior power, Christian Goeschel demonstrates just how much history has underrepresented Mussolini's influence on his German ally. In this highly readable book, Goeschel, a scholar of twentieth-century Germany and Italy, revisits all of Mussolini and Hitler's key meetings and asks how these meetings constructed a powerful image of a strong Fascist-Nazi relationship that still resonates with the general public. His portrait of Mussolini draws on sources ranging beyond political history to reveal a leader who, at times, shaped Hitler's decisions and was not the gullible buffoon he's often portrayed as. The first comprehensive study of the Mussolini-Hitler relationship, this book is a must-read for scholars and anyone interested in the history of European fascism, World War II, or political leadership"--Publisher's description
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  • Goeschel (European history, Univ. of Manchester; Suicide in Nazi Germany) provides a reassessment of the relationship between fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, describing Mussolini as adept in keeping Hitler at arm's length, at least until 1933. Indeed, by studying diplomatic relations and contacts, Goeschel demonstrates that until the mid-1930s, Mussolini was more likely to be regarded as the senior, although not necessarily dominant figure. Even after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, when most scholars assumed that diplomatic isolation gave Italy few choices outside of a Nazi alliance, Mussolini still attempted to reach an understanding with Britain. Of particular interest is Goeschel's use of the cultural and diplomatic protocols in asserting that the imagery of fascist unity played a vital role in the actual development of the Axis. Goeschel does not completely reject the traditional historiography, acknowledging that it's easy to find in Mussolini's actions examples of illogical behavior. VERDICT This new treatment of history is recommended for all libraries. --Frederic Krome (Reviewed 09/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 15, p64)
  • Goeschel (Modern European History/Univ. of Manchester; Suicide in Nazi Germany, 2009) examines the strained relationship—never a true friendship—between the two dictators. Both Hitler and Mussolini served as corporals in World War I, and both seized power through brutal violence and apparently legal political activity. Their "new order" was based on replacing the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles. Both were anti-Bolshevik and anti-Jewish. While anti-Semitism was central to Hitler's ideology, Mussolini believed in a strategy of racial exclusion, not extermination. Mussolini was a strategic model for the rise of Nazism as the driving force behind the attempt to reshape postwar politics and diplomacy. In Italy, the monarchy and papacy were maintained, curtailing a complete dictatorship, a fact that Hitler often criticized. Curiously, Hitler was the instigator of the alliance, which wasn't signed until well after World War II began. As the author demonstrates, the relationship was never ideological; it was politically constructed and contained little substance. Tensions were constant, not only between the dictators, but also their nations; few Germans could forget that Italy deserted their alliance and fought against them. The rivalry manifested itself at all of the meetings, which were really about image. Hitler quickly dropped his hero worship of Mussolini and, as an all-powerful dictator, monopolized their short conversations and made the decisions. Mussolini doggedly pursued his goal to become the "determining weight" in the Mediterranean and continued to foster Italy's détente with England, hedging his bets with brinkmanship and opportunism. Hitler's method of diplomacy was to completely skip the bureaucratic machinations, make backdoor deals, and put every nation's fate in his own hands. The author methodically follows the meetings through the years, from great shows of power and exorbitant expenditures to the secretive meetings at Wolf's Lair late in the war, which were no more than summons to Mussolini to receive Hitler's instructions. Ultimately, Goeschel skillfully exposes the relationship as that of two men who merely tolerated each other to amass power. A necessary book for those who study dictators. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
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Goeschel, Christian
Dewey number
320.533
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D726.5
LC item number
.G64 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Hitler, Adolf
  • Mussolini, Benito
  • Hitler, Adolf
  • Mussolini, Benito
  • Hitler, Adolf
  • Mussolini, Benito
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Fascism
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Alliances
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Alliances
  • Diplomatic history
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Fascism
  • Politics and government
  • War
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • HISTORY / Europe
  • HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
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adult
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the forging of the fascist alliance
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Mussolini and Hitler : the forging of the fascist alliance, Christian Goeschel
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 348-369) and index
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Contents
  • Endgame, 1943-45
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • In Mussolini's shadow, 1922-33
  • First date, June 1936
  • Second time around, September 1937
  • Springtime for Hitler, May 1938
  • On the road to war, 1938-9
  • Point of no return, 1939-41
  • Into the Anyss, 1941-3
Control code
on1024173634
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 388 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300178838
Lccn
2018935621
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1024173634
Label
Mussolini and Hitler : the forging of the fascist alliance, Christian Goeschel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 348-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Endgame, 1943-45
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • In Mussolini's shadow, 1922-33
  • First date, June 1936
  • Second time around, September 1937
  • Springtime for Hitler, May 1938
  • On the road to war, 1938-9
  • Point of no return, 1939-41
  • Into the Anyss, 1941-3
Control code
on1024173634
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 388 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300178838
Lccn
2018935621
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1024173634

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