The Anatomy of Fascism

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Political Science - 336 pages
What is fascism? By focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said, the esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question.

From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolini’s rise to power, to Germany’s fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged.

"A deeply intelligent and very readable book. . . . Historical analysis at its best." –The Economist

The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton’s classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism–“the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain.”

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
6
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

What are the defining characteristics of fascism? This book argues that the question is difficult because fascism has different stages, including stages of cooperation with other right movements and ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mcdenis - LibraryThing

In the current toxic political environment in the United States the label Fascism is bandied about without much attention to its definition and dynamism. Paxton leads us through historical leaders and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface x
xi
HAPTER 2 Creating Fascist Movements
24
Taking Root
55
Getting Power
87
CHAPTER Exercising Power
119
Radicalization or Entropy?
153
Other Times Other Places
172
What Is Fascism?
206
Bibliographical Essay
221
Notes
251
Index 200
309
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Robert O. Paxton taught at Columbia University. His other books include Vichy France, Vichy France and the Jews (with Michael Marrus), Europe in the Twentieth Century, and French Peasant Fascism. He lives in New York City.

Bibliographic information