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Turncoats and collaborationists
Early twentieth-century renegades
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The early part of the twentieth century produced numerous renegades whose actions were by no means marginal to the seismic political events of the time. The political crises surrounding WWI, and ensuing uprisings in Russia, Germany and elsewhere, provided fertile ground for radicals – and, ipso facto, renegades. Chief among the latter is the Italian socialist turned fascist Benito Mussolini, who according to his PSI colleague and mentor, Angelica Balabanoff, committed ‘the most infamous betrayal of modern times’. This chapter discusses the case of Mussolini as well as a number of other early twentieth century renegades.

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The politics of betrayal

Renegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens

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