Posts Tagged ‘Mussolini’

  1. Essential skills for dictators


    March 20, 2017 by AK

    Thomas Mann wrote in his 1939 essay Brother Hitler: And then he — who had learned nothing, and in his dreamy, obstinate arrogance never would learn anything; who had neither technical nor physical discipline, could not sit a horse, or drive a car, or fly a plane, or do aught that men do, even to …
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  2. Fascism means “life must not be taken easily”


    September 8, 2015 by AK

    I have finished Mussolini by Prof. Richard Bosworth, also known as R. J. B. Bosworth, the prominent Australian-British historian of 20th-century Italy. It was first published in 2002 by Oxford University Press and was followed in 2006 by Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945, published by Penguin Books. I read the latter book first: it was excellent …
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  3. Margin notes


    August 17, 2015 by AK

    Thomas Mann wrote in his essay Bruder Hitler that the German dictator, in his “dreamy arrogance,” did not have the discipline to learn how to ride a horse, drive a car or pilot a plane; the man could not even father a child. (A little below the waist, the last bit.) Mussolini learned to ride a horse, drive …
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  4. Stalin the helmsman and the imitation of Mussolini


    July 2, 2015 by AK

    This post has been inspired by this note by Language Hat on a slightly different subject. In modern Russian usage, “the Great Helmsman” is taken by default to be a reference to Mao. The word most likely to denote Stalin is vozhd’, a leader-chief hybrid. (Of course he was also the Coryphaeus of All Sciences …
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