Mussolini's Italy | Newberry

Mussolini's Italy

Led by Frank Biletz. Seven sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 30 (class will not meet on June 25)

1 - 3 pm (Section A) 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration for Section A is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Register Online (Section B)

Seminar Description

Italian fascism provided the prototype for populist nationalist movements in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. This course will cover the conditions in Italy that led to the emergence of fascist ideology; the growth of class tensions and fears of socialism; governmental weakness and instability; the Black Shirt March; Mussolini’s consolidation of power; imperial aspirations, including the invasion of Ethiopia; the relationship of Mussolini and Hitler; and the legacy of fascism.

Seven sessions. E – $250, L – $275

Frank A. Biletz holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and specializes in modern British and Irish history. He is currently adjunct instructor of history at Loyola University Chicago. He has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


  • R. J. B. Bosworth, Mussolini’s Italy: Life under the Fascist Dicatorship, 1915-1945. Penguin Books, 2005. ISBN: 978-0143038566

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the introduction and chapters 1 & 2 of the Bosworth book.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.