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Library JournalThis two-volume encyclopedia, edited by U.K.based freelance scholar, writer, and translator Blamires (coeditor, Political Tactics), presents the historical and philosophical background of fascism from the Enlightenment through modern time. Over 100 scholars from 24 countries wrote its more than 500 AtoZ articles, which run from one paragraph to several pages in length and include cross references and bibliographies. Blackandwhite illustrations appear on nearly every page. Among the subjects covered are movements such as Italian fascism and German National socialism, countries such as Spain and Argentina, rock music, the Aryan Nations, art, social issues, science, and sports. The work does not concentrate on the West alone but also discusses similar movements and thoughts in Iran, Iraq, South Africa, and Latin America. The volumes include identical indexes for the set, detailed bibliographies, and chronologies of events from 1861 to 2004, which, while convenient, seem like an unnecessary duplication of effort. The set opens with two excellent essays on defining fascism and providing a brief history of this idea.
This work makes an important and valuable contribution to the literature of history and political science. No similar Englishlanguage work is currently available. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.
—Stephen L. Hupp