Propaganda and Personality Cults from Mussolini to the Present (VIRTUAL)
Professor of History and Italian Studies
New York University
From Mussolini to the present, authoritarian leaders have used propaganda and personality cults to bind people to them and present themselves as competent and infallible. Based on research for her new book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (Norton, 2020), Ben-Ghiat will discuss what has changed and what has stayed the same over a century of illiberal rule.