The political legacy of Italian fascism – with David Broder


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Following the Italian election victory of the post-fascist Giorgia Meloni and her Fratelli d'Italia party last weekend, many have asked what relationship it has with the country's fascist past. To discuss this, Jeremy Cliffe is joined by the historian David Broder, Europe editor at Jacobin and the author of the forthcoming book Mussolini's Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy.

Their conversation covers the emergence of the Italian Social Movement in the postwar years, Meloni's early years in politics in the 1990s, the relationship between post-fascism and Silvio Berlusconi's governments, and the Fratelli d'Italia party today.

Listeners can pre-order Mussolini's Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy and get 20 per cent off using the discount code "BRODER20".

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Jeremy on the meaning and making of Giorgia Meloni.

Jeremy on the Italian election results.

David Broder on what the European right wants.

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