This new text places interwar European fascism squarely in its historical context and analyses its relationship with other right wing, authoritarian movements and regimes. Beginning with the ideological roots of fascism in pre-1914 Europe, Martin Blinkhorn turns to the problem-torn Europe of 1919 to 1939 in order to explain why fascism emerged and why, in some settings, it flourished while in others it did not. In doing so he considers not just the 'major' fascist movements and regimes of Italy and Germany but the entire range of fascist and authoritarian ideas, movements and regimes present in the Europe of 1919-1945.
This short but elegantly written volume relates the essential factors and history of the rise and fall of fascism during its heyday in Europe. The background to the movement's rise is given, the Italian and German movements are recounted with attention to the features that caused it to diverge from right-wing authoritarianism, and its spread to other parts of Europe is explored. The study concludes with thoughts on current neo-fascist movements, a section of excerpted original documents, a glossary, chronology, bibliography, and Who's Who section of key figures. Blinkhorn is professor of modern European history at the U. of Lancaster in England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)