Online event
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 
From 6:00 to 7:30 pm (EDT)

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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


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