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Common Destiny : Dictatorship, Foreign Policy, and War in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany - MacGregor Knox

Common Destiny

Dictatorship, Foreign Policy, and War in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

Hardcover Published: 31st August 2000
ISBN: 9780521582087
Number Of Pages: 276

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This book offers a genuinely comparative analysis of the dictatorships that launched the Second World War: their origins, nature, dynamics, and common ruin. It provides an unconventional and compelling overview from territorial unification in the 1860s to national catastrophe in 1943/45 that places Fascism and Nazism firmly in the tradition of revolutionary mass politics inaugurated in the French Revolution. Set within that overview are chapters analyzing Mussolini's poorly understood foreign policy and the character and performance of the military instruments upon which success chiefly depended-the Italian and German armies. The chapter on the German army and the conclusion-which dissects the causes of the striking disparities between the two dictatorships in expansionist appetite, fighting power, and staying power-argue that a unique synthesis of Prusso-German military tradition and Nazi revolution propelled Germany's fight to the last cartridge in 1943-45.

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'This is a highly original book: the author demonstrates in a very carefully and thoughtfully done work how foreign and domestic policies in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy were similar; takes the views of Hitler and Mussolini seriously - as those two did - and offers the reader a substantial array of fascinating new ideas.' Gerhard L. Weinberg, author of A World At Arms '... superbly researched, stimulating and well-written essays'. Times Literary Supplement

Introduction: war and revolution in Europe, 1789û1945
Origins and Dynamics
Italy and Germany from unification to militant dictatorship, 1860û1933
Conquest, foreign and domestic, in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
Foreign Policies and Military Instruments
Fascism and Italian foreign polity: continuity and break
The Italian army at war, 1940û43: a study in combat effectiveness
The Prussian idea of freedom and the æcareer open to talentÆ: battlefield initiative and social ascent from Prussian reform to Nazi revolution, 1807û1944; Conclusion: expansionist zeal, fighting power, and staying power in the Italian and German dictatorships
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ISBN: 9780521582087
ISBN-10: 0521582083
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 31st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.93  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.49

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