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A Brief History of Fascist Lies

A Brief History of Fascist Lies

by Federico Finchelstein

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In this short companion to his book From Fascism to Populism in History, world-renowned historian Federico Finchelstein explains why fascists regarded simple and often hateful lies as truth, and why so many of their followers believed the falsehoods. Throughout the history of the twentieth century, many supporters of fascist ideologies regarded political lies as truth incarnated in their leader. From Hitler to Mussolini, fascist leaders capitalized on lies as the base of their power and popular sovereignty.

This history continues in the present, when lies again seem to increasingly replace empirical truth. Now that actual news is presented as “fake news” and false news becomes government policy, A Brief History of Fascist Lies urges us to remember that the current talk of “post-truth” has a long political and intellectual lineage that we cannot ignore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520346710
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 172,724
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Federico Finchelstein is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City. He is the author of several books, including From Fascism to Populism in HistoryTransatlantic Fascism, and The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War. His books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Italian. He contributes to major American, European, and Latin American media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the GuardianCNN, Foreign PolicyClarínCorriere della SeraNexos, and Folha de S.Paulo.

Table of Contents

1. On Fascist Lies
2. Truth and Mythology in the History of Fascism
3. Fascism Incarnate
4. Enemies of the Truth?
5. Truth and Power
6. Revelations
7. The Fascist Unconscious
8. Fascism against Psychoanalysis
9. Democracy and Dictatorship
10. The Forces of Destruction
Epilogue: The Populist War against History