International Fascism: Theories, Causes and the New Consensus

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This reader focuses on the definition and ideology of generic fascism, bringing together articles, essays, and political writings by several key figures to lay bare the structural affinity that relates fascism not only to Nazism but to the many failed fascist movements that surfaced in inter-war Europe and elsewhere. In both his introduction and his editorial commentary Griffin locates the driving force behind all fascist movements in a distinctive utopian myth, that of the regenerated national community, ...

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Overview

This reader focuses on the definition and ideology of generic fascism, bringing together articles, essays, and political writings by several key figures to lay bare the structural affinity that relates fascism not only to Nazism but to the many failed fascist movements that surfaced in inter-war Europe and elsewhere. In both his introduction and his editorial commentary Griffin locates the driving force behind all fascist movements in a distinctive utopian myth, that of the regenerated national community, destined to rise up from the ashes of a decadent society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340706138
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/27/1998
  • Series: Arnold Readers in History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Griffin is Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Sect. I The Lack of Consensus in Fascist Studies
1 Fascism 27
2 Fascism 30
3 Fascism 35
Sect. II The Search for the Fascist Minimum
4 The terrorist dictatorship of finance capital 59
5 The counter-revolution of imperialist capitalism 67
6 A resurgence of Bonapartism 75
7 An exceptional form of the capitalist state 86
8 Extremism of the centre 101
9 A metapolitical counter-revolution 106
10 A revolt against modern civilization 112
11 A modernizing dictatorship 127
12 A politico-cultural revolution 137
13 A form of revolutionary ultra-nationalism 147
Sect. III Causal Factors in the Rise of Fascism
14 The crisis of fin-de-siecle thought 169
15 The crisis of democracy after the First World War 175
16 The drive towards synthesis 189
17 A sense-making crisis 204
18 The ecstasy of rebirth 216
19 A retrodictive theory of fascism 227
Sect. IV Fascist Theories of Fascism
20 The ideology of the twentieth century 248
21 The third alternative 257
22 Between festival and revolution 264
23 Revolutionary charlatanism 275
Sect. V The Rebirth of Fascism?
24 The revival of the fascist menace 295
25 Fascism, neo-fascism, new radical right? 305
Afterword 325
Index 327
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