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An excerpt from Giuseppe Prezzolini’s book Fascism.

This brief excerpt, translated by Kathleen Macmillan, describes the origins of Fascism and the historical events that led to its rise during the depression that swept the world after World War I. Prezzolini, a writer, editor, and professor, was born in Italy. There he edited Mussolini’s first book, which was published in 1912. In 1929, Prezzolini immigrated to the United States.