Benito Mussolini came up with the term fascism, he created the first one-party fascist state and he set the playbook and template for everything that came after.
“In the past, there was this idea that Mussolini copied Hitler, but it was actually the other way around for a very long time,” she adds. “Mussolini was in power 11 years before Hitler. He had things all worked out by the time Hitler came to power.”Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Read the extensive interview with Olivia B. Waxman outlining the rise and fall — and rise again — of fascism at TIME