chapter  6
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The struggle for control, 1940–1942

Though Acerbo must have been basking in his newly won reputation as dean of Mediterranean racial theorists, Mussolini was once again allowing political considerations to color his theoretical proclivities. As Acerbo later wrote, “hardly had the first hundred copies [of I fondamenti] been printed, when the order came to stop the printing. The reason was because Germany had invaded the west and Mussolini decided to tighten the alliance.”1 In fact Mussolini was daily moving back toward his earlier awe of the Germans, as they conquered country after country without cessation in the spring and summer of 1940.