The Oxford Handbook of Fascism

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The essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion.

From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the 'first Fascist nation', the contributors cover a wide range of countries, from Nazi Germany and the comparison with Soviet Communism to fascism in Yugoslavia and its successor states. ...

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Overview

The essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion.

From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the 'first Fascist nation', the contributors cover a wide range of countries, from Nazi Germany and the comparison with Soviet Communism to fascism in Yugoslavia and its successor states. The book also examines the roots of fascism before 1914 and its survival, whether in practice or in memory, after 1945. The analysis looks at both fascist ideas and practice, and at the often uneasy relationship between the two.

The book is not designed to provide any final answers to the fascist problem and no quick definition emerges from its pages. Readers will rather find there historical debate. On appropriate occasions, the authors disagree with each other and have not been forced into any artificial "consensus," offering readers the chance to engage with the debates over a phenomenon that, more than any other single factor, led humankind into the catastrophe of the Second World War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199291311
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ideas and Formative Experience
1. The ideological origins of Fascism before 1914, Kevin Passmore, Cardiff University
2. The First World War as Cultural Trauma, Alan Kramer, Trinity College Dublin
3. World War One as Totality, Richard Bessel, University of York
4. The Aftermath of War, Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney
The First Fascist Nation
5. Squadrism, Mimmo Franzinelli, independent scholar
6. Culture and Intellectuals, Guido Bonsaver, University of Oxford
7. The Peasant Experience Under Italian Fascism, Roger Absalom, Sheffield Hallam University
8. Corporatism and the Economic Order, Philip Morgan, University of Hull
9. Fascism and Catholicism, John Pollard, University of Cambridge
10. Propaganda and Youth, Patrizia Dogliani, University of Bologna
11. Women in Mussolini's Italy 1922-45, Perry Willson, University of Dundee
12. Crime and Repression, Mauro Canali, University of Camerino
13. Fascism and War, Davide Rodogno, University of St Andrews
14. Dictators, Strong or Weak? The Model of Benito Mussolini, Richard Bosworth, joint chair University of Western Australia and Reading University
The Nazi Comparison
15. State and Society: Italy and Germany Compared, Gustavo Corni, University of Trento
16. Race, Robert Gordon, University of Cambridge
17. Diplomacy and World War: the (first) Axis of Evil, Jim Burgwyn, West Chester University
Others
18. Communism: Fascism's 'other'?, Roger Markwick, University of Newcastle
19. Spain, Mary Vincent, University of Sheffield
20. Hungary, Mark Pittaway, The Open University
21. Romania, Radu Ioanid, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
22. Yugoslavia and its successor states, Marko Attila Hoare, Kingston University
23. Austria, Corinna Peniston-Bird, Lancaster University
24. The Netherlands, Bob Moore, University of Sheffield
25. Belgium, Bruno de Wever, Ghent University
26. Britain and its Empire, Martin Pugh, independent scholar
27. France, Joan Tumblety, University of Southampton
28. Japan, Rikki Kersten, Australian National University
Reflection and Legacies
29. Comparisons and Definitions, Robert Paxton, Columbia University (emeritus)
30. Memory and Representations of Fascism in Germany and Italy, Nathan Stoltzfus, Florida State University and Richard Bosworth, joint chair University of Western Australia and Reading University
31. Neofascism, Anna Cento Bull, University of Bath

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