Mussolini 1883-1915

Triumph and Transformation of a Revolutionary Socialist

  • Spencer M. Di Scala
  • Emilio Gentile

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Spencer M. Di Scala
    Pages 1-37
  3. Philip Cannistraro†
    Pages 39-64
  4. Stefano Biguzzi
    Pages 97-130
  5. Marco Gervasoni
    Pages 131-155
  6. Pierluigi Allotti
    Pages 225-256
  7. Emilio Gentile
    Pages 257-295
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 297-309

About this book


This book describes Mussolini’s little-known radical ideology, including his activities in Switzerland, relationship with revolutionary syndicalism, and radical journalism. It provides an in-depth treatment of the young Benito Mussolini as a revolutionary Socialist and describes the political maneuverings that took a major European Socialist party by storm before the First World War. It explains the process of how he came to dominate Italian Socialism until the crisis caused by Italy’s intervention in World War I. It illuminates Mussolini’s leadership qualities and his rise to leader of the Italian Socialist Party.


Mussolini, Benito Socialism Partito Socialista Italiano World War I Great War Fascism Italy Italy Liberal State Italian Socialist Party Avanti! Lotta di Classe Trent Benito Mussolini history military modern history political history political science politics socialism war

Editors and affiliations

  • Spencer M. Di Scala
    • 1
  • Emilio Gentile
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53486-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53487-3
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