september, 2020

29sep6:00 pm- 7:30 pmBook launch and panel discussion: The Perfect Fascist by Victoria de Grazia

Event Details

Book launch and panel discussion: The Perfect Fascist by Victoria de Grazia

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 
From 6:00 to 7:30 pm (EDT)


The Perfect Fascist (Harvard University Press, 2020) tells the story of Attilio Teruzzi, an Italian army officer who became a commander of the Blackshirts and a colonial administrator under Mussolini. The book analyzes, through Teruzzi’s career and personal history, the inner workings of Italian fascism. It also explores the issues of ultra-nationalism, strong men, and racial conflict, which remain sadly relevant in today’s political discourse.  


  • Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University
  • Rachel Donadio, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
  • Susan Pedersen, Morris Professor of British History, Columbia University
  • Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University 
  • Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and Director of the European Institute, Columbia University
Sponsored by the European Institute, the Department of History, the Department of Italian, the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.


(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm