Fascism: An Informal Introduction to Its Theory and Practice

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For Italian Intellectuals, the terms fascist and antifascist continue to be the hard currency of contemporary political debate-to the point that if you are not one, you must be the other. When professor Renzo de Felice suggests that fascism describes a moment in the Italian past-and only that-he is challenging the very heart of current orthodoxy. The nature of his analysis of the recent Italian past is itself at odds with the traditional version, and represents a radical departure from conventional wisdom. De ...
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For Italian Intellectuals, the terms fascist and antifascist continue to be the hard currency of contemporary political debate-to the point that if you are not one, you must be the other. When professor Renzo de Felice suggests that fascism describes a moment in the Italian past-and only that-he is challenging the very heart of current orthodoxy. The nature of his analysis of the recent Italian past is itself at odds with the traditional version, and represents a radical departure from conventional wisdom. De Felice's ideas about fascism have a broad significance, quite apart from their importance in the contemporary Italian scene. Perhaps no one knows as much about fascism, and no one has given the subject such a rigorous historical analysis.

This dialogue between de Felice and American scholar Michael Ledeen has been on the best-seller list in Italy for nearly a year-an uncommon event for a book of its type for any country. This knowledgeable discussion ranges from empirical research on the history of Mussolini and the Fascist Regime in Italy to seeking a definition of fascism and determining its general characteristics. It also includes a comparative analysis with nazism and totalitarianism and concludes with observations of fascism today and the need for a new focus for future research.

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Renzo de Felice (1929-1996) was a professor of history at the University of Rome

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Introduction   Michael A. Ledeen     7
Historical and Theoretical Background of De Felice's Work     21
Seeking a Definition of Fascism     36
General Characteristics of Fascism     43
Italian Fascism: Historical and Comparative Analysis     61
Fascism, Foreign Policy, and World War II     79
True Examples of Fascism     89
Fascism Today     97
Fascism and Totalitarianism; Aspects for Further Research     108
Notes     116
Glossary     120
Biography/Bibliography     127
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