“It took people by surprise – What Mussolini did, he came from the left, the revolutionary left. He was a socialist.”

Quote from “Italy: Fascism’s Violent Birth,” Fascism: A Slate Academy Podcast” by Joshua Keating, Rebecca Onion, and June Thomas.

January 20, 2017

In the first episode of Fascism: A Slate Academy, Slate writers Rebecca Onion, June Thomas, and Joshua Keating ask what the term fascism means. Then they talk to historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922–1945. Did Mussolini have any ideology beyond the acquisition of power? Who did his fascism benefit, and who were its victims?

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