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Mussolini and Fascism: An Introduction

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With the political revolutions and economic chaos that followed WWI, many people thought that democracy had failed. Some believed that only some form of strong man rule could preserve order. As a result, the 1920's and 30's were characterized by the rise of dictators across Europe. In 1919, an Italian journalist and former socialist named Benito Mussolini denounced democracy as a sham, called for one-party rule, and founded the National Fascist Party in pursuit of this goal. This makeshift and largely improvised movement eventually not only captured control of the Italian government but promulgated “fascism” as a third way – the answer to the weaknesses of both capitalism and communism. The goals of this presentation are threefold:
1) to outline how Mussolini rose to power after The Great War
2) to develop a working definition of fascism
3) to explore the contradictory nature of a movement that is both revolutionary and reactionary

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Iowa Valley Continuing Education

TBA Instructor 



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Registration Closes On
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/16/2019 - 11/6/2019 Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Marshalltown, Iowa Valley Continuing Education  Map, Room: 803 Board Room TBA Instructor