Mussolini and Fascism in Italy

Section #1

What is Fascism?


Current uses of the term.

Islamofascists?  

Antifa? 

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https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/about-us/

Ur-Fascism? 

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https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/10/fascism/502841/


How Mussolini explained it.  How historians use the term Fascism.

Group Activity

Find a partner please. We will produce our own Word Clouds similar to those featured on WordItOut. https://worditout.com

  1. One-third of the groups will use Mussolini’s writings on fascism, they will draw a poster-size Word Cloud. Reading time 10 minutes/ drawing time 10 minute. Source: the first four paragraphs of http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/mussolini-fascism.asp
  2. One-third of the groups will use Mussolini’s writings on fascism, they will draw a poster-size Word Cloud. Reading time 10 minutes/ drawing time 10 minute. Source: the last five paragraphs of http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/mussolini-fascism.asp
  3. One-third of the groups will use an overview of the textbook reading on fascism. Reading time 10 minutes/ drawing time 10 minute. Source: chapter 28 overview
  4. After your group has completed the poster, cut and paste the words from your source into the WordItOut program; compare WordItOut’s Word Cloud to your own
  5. Each group will report out. Focus on two things please: (a) an overview of your findings and (b) how your Word Cloud compared to WordItOut’s

Section #2 Mussolini’s Appeal in Italy

Essential Question: Why were millions in Italy attracted to Mussolini and his ideas?

David Reynolds, from the BBC series The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the 20th Century (2017).

Take 15 minutes to review, the video above, chapter 28 from the textbook (including the chapter overview), and Mussolini’s essay on Fascism (mussolini-fascism.asp). Construct a thesis statement that answers the essential question above (writing time 5 minutes). Be prepared to read your thesis statement to the rest of the class.

We will discuss the question as a class.


Section #3  Fascism and the Political Debate Today

Essential Question: Why does the term Fascism still ellicit such an emotional response?

Let’s look back over the unit–sections #1 and #2. Review all of the information available here and think about our discussion re: the appeal of Mussolini.

Leave a comment on this blog post re: your thoughts on our essential question for section #3. 

Take your time. Spell-check and proof your work. Write it in Microsoft Word first–don’t post your first draft! Write a draft and then take a 10 minute break, go get a coffee etc., then come back and look at your paragraph again. Edit, add to it, etc, then post it.

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