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Mussolini Unleashed, 1939-1941: Politics and Strategy in Fascist Italy's Last War

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This book explores the motives, preparation, objectives, contact and consequences of Italy's war of 1940, which ended the country's role as a great power and reduced it to the status of first among Germany's satellites. What Professor Knox demonstrates more clearly than any previous biographer or historian is the limits of Mussolini's power. In particular, thanks to exhaus ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1982)
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Brian
May 13, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most thorough accounts of Mussolini and the Italy's foray into the World War. The author provides an almost overly thorough analysis with literally almost every sentence packing maximum information punch. If you want to have a one book summary of how Italy became involved in war in Europe this is a great start. It glazes over some areas but when it comes to the time period covered this literally is a day by day and event by event account of the war. Top notch analysis provides ...more
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Knox presents a thorough and very readable account of Mussolini's management (mismanagement) of fascist Italy's war. He does a great job of setting the stage for Italy's ineptitude in fighting their Mediterranean and North African campaigns and clearly shows how Mussolini's ambitions greatly outreached Italy's ability to wage war. No doubt Mussolini's Italy was more of a factor in the war when they were a non-belligerent than when they actually engaged in fighting.

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