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Fascism
     

Fascism

by David Downing
 

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This book discusses the system of fascism: how it developed as a set of ideas from its origins to the present, how it has evolved in practice, and how it benefits or harms the people who live under it.

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This book discusses the system of fascism: how it developed as a set of ideas from its origins to the present, how it has evolved in practice, and how it benefits or harms the people who live under it.

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Gr 7 Up-Fascism is the stronger of these two titles, largely because the fascist period was relatively short and was centered in two countries. Downing provides information about its origins, development, and growth, and explains how Hitler and Mussolini created totalitarian states using institutionalized racism as an instrument of power. He also describes how their regimes were defeated and discredited. This title complements Earle Rice Jr.'s The Third Reich: Demise of the Nazi Dream (Lucent, 2000), which offers more details. In contrast, Dictatorship is not as successful. Tames covers the definition, origins, and types of dictatorships, and also discusses both the achievements and failures of various leaders. However, given the large number of past and current dictators, the topic is simply too broad for this brief format. The author mentions people, places, and events without providing sufficient introduction or background information. Readers without some prior knowledge of the topic will be lost, and those who have it will not find enough new material to be helpful to them. Although Robert Green's Dictators (Lucent, 2000) does not offer basic information about how dictatorial government developed, it does provide better coverage of six infamous heads of state and would be more useful for researchers. Average-quality, black-and-white and full-color photos and illustrations do little to supplement the texts.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432902353
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Political and Economic Systems Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including four novels featuring Anglo-American journalist John Russell and the nonfiction work Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.

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