The Most Important Events And Experiences In Shaping The Personality and political views of Benito Mussolini: which life events did Mussolini exaggerate or diminish in importance in his 1928 autobiography and what were his reasons for doing so?

Macdonald, Christopher Peter (2015) The Most Important Events And Experiences In Shaping The Personality and political views of Benito Mussolini: which life events did Mussolini exaggerate or diminish in importance in his 1928 autobiography and what were his reasons for doing so? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the first thirty-one years of Benito Mussolini’s life with the purpose of ascertaining what the most pivotal events and experiences were in forming his character and political inclinations.
    This dissertation intends to discover what these events were by consulting the works of a variety of historians and cross-examining their accounts of his life. In addition to this, the dissertation also scrutinises the version of Mussolini’s auto-biography that he had written and published in 1928 as well as other primary sources in order to understand which aspects of his past Mussolini wished to draw attention to and which elements he wanted to disregard and why he chose to do so.
    The first argument presented is that Mussolini came from more of a lower middle-class family rather than from the working-class roots he claimed to have risen from. Another point raised is that Mussolini’s father was the greatest influence of all during his upbringing in Predappio.
    Furthermore, this dissertation will examine Mussolini’s teaching career in schools in Gualtieri, Tolmezzo and Oneglia, the relationships he had with various mistresses in these towns and the repercussions of these episodes.
    Finally, it will be postulated that Mussolini gained a more passionate political fervour from his experiences in Switzerland and that his skills as an orator and journalist were most effectively honed during the years he spent in Forlì and as an editor and contributor for socialist newspapers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 15:07
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 15:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17641

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