Fascism: Past, Present, Future / Edition 1

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Overview

Mussolini's march on Rome; Hitler's speeches before waves of goose-stepping storm troopers; the horrors of the Holocaust; burning crosses and neo-Nazi skinhead hooligans. Few words are as evocative, and even fewer ideologies as pernicious, as fascism. And yet, the world continues to witness the success of political parties in countries such as Italy, France, Austria, Russia, and elsewhere resembling in various ways historical fascism. Why, despite its past, are people still attracted to fascism? Will it ever again be a major political force in the world? Where in the world is it most likely to erupt next? In Fascism: Past, Present, Future, renowned historian Walter Laqueur illuminates the fascist phenomenon, from the emergence of Hitler and Mussolini, to Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his cohorts, to fascism's not-so-distant future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195117936
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Walter Laqueur was for twenty-five years the director of the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London, one of the world's leading institutes for the study of fascism. He is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary History and serves as chairman of the International Research Council at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. His books, which have been translated into many languages, include Black Hundred, Russia and Germany, The Long Road to Freedom, The Fate of the Revolution, Terrorism, The Dream that Failed, and an autobiography, Thursday's Child has Far to Go.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
The Essence of Fascism 13
Fascist Doctrine 21
The Leaders 27
The State and the Party 35
Fascism and the Church 41
Workers and Peasants 45
Terror 50
Propaganda 56
Fascist Culture 60
Achievements 65
The Joys of Daily Life 72
The Liquidation of Fascism 76
The Lessons of Fascism 83
Neofascist Ideology 93
Fascism and the Extreme Right: Some Case Studies 115
Right-Wing Extremism: An Alternative Way of Life 121
The Skinheads 125
The Fear of Immigrants 131
Anti-Semitism and Denial of the Holocaust 136
International Fascism 142
Clerical Fascism and the Third World 147
The Origins of Islamic Fundamentalism 164
Political Religion 169
Russia 178
Eastern Europe 197
Conclusion: The Prospects of Fascism 217
Notes 237
Bibliographical Note 241
Index 247
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