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Is there any primary source for Mussolini being called "Juliet"?

The sarcastic comments remarking on Mussolini's predilection for balcony speeches and comparing him to Juliet or Romeo goes back to 1935 or earlier in the English-language press. The November 11, 1935 ...
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Did Mussolini know that Hitler was going to attack Poland?

Mussolini learnt about the German intentions first as did most other countries, by diplomatic reports from his ambassador in Berlin and similar sources; alarmed, in early August 1939, Mussolini sent ...
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When Lenin met Mussolini, what was Mussolini's impression of Lenin?

It is disputed whether Mussolini met Lenin during his time in Switzerland. According to Joshua Muravchik in Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Mussolini left Italy for Switzerland, ...
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Is there any primary source for Mussolini being called "Juliet"?

The Scottish author Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) is famous for his comic novels (notably, Whiskey Galore in 1947), but, in 1943, published a propaganda work Wind of Freedom: The history of the ...
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Did Lenin approve of Mussolini’s march on Rome?

I checked Lenin's "Collected Works," Volume 33, 1921-1923. There is nothing even close to such a telegram. (For comparison, the volume contains such "masterpieces" as a letter to a ...
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Is the story about Mussolini and Oliver Hardy apocryphal?

SHORT ANSWER The story isn't true. It most likely stems from an inaccurate account by the English writer A. N. Wilson. It is also possible that Wilson's version has been 'blended' with a piece of ...
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Who did Mussolini meet after Hitler, on arrival to Germany after rescue?

The video description seems indeed misleading. The description for the Youtube video "Mussolini arrives in Germany after being liberated and being greeted by Hitler and other Nazi leaders." ...
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Was Fascism capitalist or communist or as many say, was it a "third type" of ideology?

At a very high level economic systems can be classified into 4 groups by two criteria: public or private ownership, and central or decentralized control. Capitalism as commonly practiced in English-...
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Did Mussolini know that Hitler was going to attack Poland?

Excerpt of a letter from Hitler to Mussolini, dated August 25, 1939. DUCE: (...) About the situation on the German-Polish frontier, I can only inform Your Excellency that we have been for weeks in a ...
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Why was Villa Gaggia chosen as the setting for Hitler & Mussolini's July 1943 meeting?

The two planned to meet at Villa Gaggia for a few reasons: Villia Gaggia was or had a bunker, protecting both figures from attack Villia Gaggia was in Belluno, far away from the front lines ...
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Was Mussolini's March on Rome inspired by ancient history?

I haven't found any first hand source from before or during the March on Rome, but in the iconografic after, it looks like the source of inspiration was Caesar's March on Rome. In the "mutilated ...
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What is a good way to summarize Mussolini's role in World War 2?

Mussolini's view Mussolini had a false belief that demography had something to do with nation's powers. Seeing declining birth rates in France and Britain having one quarter of his population above ...
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What is a good way to summarize Mussolini's role in World War 2?

He was basically an expansionist dictator wishing to create his own independent empire around the Mediterranean (a supposed re-edition of the Roman Empire); when France and the UK protested his ...
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Are Emil Ludwig's “Talks with Mussolini” reliable?

As Mussolini reviewed twice the content of the book, we can say that the words of Mussolini where his own, as Mussolini intended for the reader to hear. Are exactly what Mussolini said? Mostly not - ...
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Did Mussolini know that Hitler was going to attack Poland?

Answering the second part of your question, it is quite probable that Mussolini was against war with Poland, although I don't know what his opinion about German-Polish war was. During the war (until ...
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Did Mussolini know that Hitler was going to attack Poland?

Following the "Pact of Steel" concluded in May 1939, Germany and Italy consulted on all major European matters, so Mussolini knew about Germany's plans to invade Poland no later than August, 1939. ...
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