Fascism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Aug 22, 2002 - History - 162 pages
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What is fascism? Is it revolutionary? Or is it reactionary? This book argues that it is both: fascism unleashes violence against the left and ethnic minorities, but also condemns the bourgeoisie for its 'softness'. Kevin Passmore opens his book with a series of 'scenes from fascist life' - a secret meeting of the Romanian Iron Guard; Mussolini meeting the king of Italy; a rally of Hungarian doctors calling for restrictions on the number of Jews entering the profession; the shooting of 1800 Jews by Reserve Police Battalion 101 at Jozefow in Poland in July 1942. He then looks at the paradoxes of fascism through its origins in the political and social crisis of the late nineteenth century, the history of fascist movements and regimes in Italy and Germany, and the fortunes of 'failed' fascist movements in Romania, Hungary and Spain. He shows how fascism used and uses propaganda and popular culture to propagate itself and how it exported its ideas outside Europe, through Nazi and Spanish post-war escape routes to Latin America, for instance. The book concludes with a discussion of the recent revival of the extreme right in Austria, Italy, France, and Russia. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Dan Cohen - Goodreads

Another decent Very Short Introduction. Well written and informative, but not the most exciting book I've every read - I found it difficult to motivate myself to complete the book and had to force ... Read full review

Review: Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - C. Derick Varn - Goodreads

Passmore sets out to define and explain fascism in the 20th century, it's relationship with reactionary nationalism, it's ability to combine left and right-wing elements, and what the modern ... Read full review

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Kevin Passmore is Lecturer in History at the University of Wales, Cardiff. His books include From Liberalism to Fascism: The Right in a French Province, Writing National Histories: Western Europe Since 1800, The French Right: A History, and Women, Gender and the Extreme Right in Europe, 1919-1945.