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 (mo͞o′sə-lē′nē, mo͝os′ə-, mo͞os′sō-), Benito Amilcare Andrea Known as "Il Duce." 1883-1945.
Italian Fascist dictator and prime minister (1922-1943) who conducted an expansionist foreign policy, formalized an alliance with Germany (1939), and brought Italy into World War II (1940). Dismissed by Victor Emmanuel III (1943), he led a puppet Nazi government in northern Italy until 1945, when he was assassinated.


(ˌmʊsəˈliːnɪ; Italian mussoˈliːni)
(Biography) Benito (beˈniːto) known as il Duce. 1883–1945, Italian Fascist dictator. After the Fascist march on Rome, he was appointed prime minister by King Victor Emmanuel III (1922) and assumed dictatorial powers. He annexed Abyssinia and allied Italy with Germany (1936), entering World War II in 1940. He was forced to resign following the Allied invasion of Sicily (1943) and was eventually shot by Italian partisans


(ˌmʊs əˈli ni, ˌmu sə-)

Benito ( “Il Duce” ), 1883–1945, Italian Fascist leader: premier of Italy 1922–43.
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Here, Kertzer explores the relationship between Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Pope Pius XI, both of whom rose to power in Rome in 1922 and relied on the other to protect their political interests.
One of Italy's most infamous modernizing movements was Fascism, which under its leader, "Il Duce" Benito Mussolini, refashioned Rome and its myth to serve the party's nationalistic and imperialistic aims.
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The new mayor of Rome wants to dig up an avenue built by Mussolini in the 1920s, and expose the glories of ancient Rome to the light of day once more.
In January 1932 he visited Benito Mussolini and was so captivated with the Italian dictator and his National Fascist Party that later that year he founded his own British Union of Fascists, BUF.
But Benito Mussolini brought almost unimaginable suffering on the Italian people by his decision to declare war on Britain and France on June 10, 1940.
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It is represented in the 'Duc' tattoo that he wears on his arm, the fascist salute that he gave to fans when playing at Lazio and in the claim in his autobiography that Mussolini ("Il Duce") had been misunderstood.
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But I suppose Victor Emmanuel handed power in 1922 to that great democrat Mussolini because the king was obviously a democrat at heart.
He established a close personal relationship with Mussolini and copied Italy's fascist governmental structure.