The teach yourself history series offers a refreshing alternative to dense academic historical books, its content being extensive yet written in an accessible and engaging style. All titles in this series are informative and compelling. Assuming no prior knowledge and full of anecdotes and fascinating details, these books will keep the reader hooked from beginning to end. Mussolini's Italy considers the conditions into which the infamous fascist leader was born and grew up. As well as looking into Mussolini's family life, David Evans also delves into the imperial ambitions of Italy and the dilemmas and tragedy facing the country during the First World War. The book moves on to assess the cost of the First World War, the years of crises that ensued and the emergence of Mussolini and his fascists. All aspects of Mussolini's fascist rule are considered with engaging objectivity. From his foreign policy aims and his 'brutal friendship' with Hitler, to Italy's contribution to the Second World War and the oppression to fascism that finally led to Mussolini's execution; this book promises to keep you hooked from beginning to end.
David Evans is a highly experienced author, lecturer and former head teacher. He has written over 20 books covering aspects of modern European history and contributed to numerous television and radio programmes. He is also the teach yourself history series editor and is the author of teach yourself Stalin's Russia and teach yourself The First World War.