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Angelo Oliviero Olivetti (1874 – 17 November 1931) was an Italian lawyer, journalist, and political activist.

Angelo Oliviero Olivetti
Personal details
Born1874 (1874)
Ravenna, Italy
Died17 November 1931(1931-11-17) (aged 56–57)
Spoleto, Italy
OccupationLawyer, journalist, and political activist

Olivetti was born in Ravenna, Italy. In 1892 while a student at the University of Bologna he joined the Italian Socialist Party. Following accusations of subversive activity, he fled to Switzerland in 1898. There he eventually met Benito Mussolini. Finding only limited support for his views within the socialist movement, in 1906 he began publishing Pagine Libre, a journal devoted to revolutionary syndicalism. He was expelled from Switzerland in 1912.

On 5 October 1914, Olivetti published the manifesto of the Fasci d'Azione rivoluzionaria internazionalista. Mussolini shortly thereafter joined and assumed leadership of this fascio.

In March 1925, Olivetti was one of three Jewish speakers at the Congress of Fascist Culture.[1] He joined the faculty of the University of Perugia in 1931 as professor of political science, and died soon after in Spoleto, Italy.

Revolutionary syndicalists like Olivetti sought to change society while preserving the nation. Mussolini combined this syndicalism with strains of nationalism into his fascism.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sarfatti, Michele (2006). The Jews in Mussolini's Italy. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 419. ISBN 9780299217341.
  2. ^ Sarti, Roland (April 1970). "Fascist Modernization in Italy: Traditional or Revolutionary". The American Historical Review. American Historical Association. 75 (4): 1029–1045. doi:10.2307/1852268. ISSN 0002-8762. JSTOR 1852268.

Further readingEdit

  • Sternhell, Zeev; Mario Sznajder; Maia Ashéri; David Maisel (1994). The Birth of Fascist Ideology. p. 338. ISBN 9780691032894.