Mussolini and Hitler: The Forging of the Fascist Alliance

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Yale University Press
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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Christian Goeschel is senior lecturer in modern European history at the University of Manchester, and he has held a visiting position at the European University Institute in Florence. His publications include Suicide in Nazi Germany. He lives in Manchester, UK.
"Goeschel, contends, convincingly, that the partnership [between Mussolini and Hitler], despite its many flaws, was 'decisive in destroying the inter-war Wilsonian order.'"--Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times
"A welcome addition to the World War II library. Christian Goeschel restores the Duce to the wartime narrative . . . [and] concludes with an eye to historical memory. After the war, both sides blamed the other for defeat: German generals railing on in their memoirs about Italian military incompetence, the Italians turning themselves into passive bystanders and helpless victims of German violence. . . . Perhaps this very fine book will help them to remember."--Robert M. Citino, World War II Magazine

"Goeschel throws fresh light on the convoluted relationship of the two dictators. . . . In the end, Goeschel, demonstrates that there was a real friendship between the two, albeit fraught with jealousy, misunderstanding, and personal ambitions, which helped shape the war. Mussolini and Hitler is a valuable read for anyone interested in the leadership of the Axis powers."--A. A. Nofi, Strategy Page
"Goeschel's fine monograph adds significantly to our understanding of the fatal attraction that paved the way to World War II. . . . His methodology enriches our understanding of the diplomacy and pageantry of the 1930s. This work is essential reading for those trying to comprehend the sordid world that gave birth to World War II."--G. Bruce Strang, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Through meticulous dissection of the novel choreography and symbolism of modern dictators, with special focus on the constructed imagery of the meetings between Mussolini and Hitler, Christian Goeschel's excellent book is able to cast more light than any previous historian has done on the cynical self-serving character of their increasingly catastrophic 'special relationship'."--Ian Kershaw
"Fascinating, deeply researched and well-written. This promises to be the definitive study of the Mussolini-Hitler relationship."--Lucy Riall, author of Garibaldi