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Book launch and panel discussion: The Perfect Fascist by Victoria de Grazia

General Programming

dateSeptember 29, 2020 timeTuesday, 6:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Cover of The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini's Italy by Victoria de Grazia

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The Perfect Fascist (Harvard University Press, 2020) tells the story of Attilio Teruzzi, an Italian army officer who became a commander of the Blackshirts and a colonial administrator under Mussolini. The book analyzes, through Teruzzi's career and personal history, the inner workings of Italian fascism. It also explores the issues of ultra-nationalism, strong men, and racial conflict, which remain sadly relevant in today's political discourse.


Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University
Rachel Donadio, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Susan Pedersen, Morris Professor of British History, Columbia University
Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University


Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and Director of the European Institute, Columbia University

Sponsored by the European Institute, the Department of History, the Department of Italian, the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.