T E Taylor compares Carlos Almanzor, the dictator in Revolution Day (99p/c today only in the Crooked Cat sale) to Benito Mussolini.
It’s time for another one in my occasional series discussing historical dictators and comparing them to Carlos Almanzor, the fictional dictator in my novel Revolution Day (in honour of the fact that Revolution Day is reduced to 99p/c – today only! – in the Crooked Cat Summer Sale – find it here ). This time I thought I would look at the person who perhaps more than any other defines our stereotype of the dictator: Benito Mussolini of Italy.
Mussolini was born in 1883 in the town of Predappia in Romagna, northern Italy. His father, a blacksmith, was a socialist and named his eldest son after the Mexican president Benito Juarez. In his early career, Benito too embraced socialism and became a political agitator and journalist. However, he was also influenced by the nationalism of Giuseppe Mazzini and the philosophy of Nietsche, which led him to reject egalitarianism. The tension between…
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