The Nature of Fascism
The Nature of Fascism draws on the history of ideas as well as on political, social and psychological theory to produce a synthesis of ideas and approaches that will be invaluable for students.
Roger Griffin locates the driving force of fascism in a distinctive form of utopian myth, that of the regenerated national community, destined to rise up from the ashes of a decadent society. He lays bare the structural affinity that relates fascism not only to Nazism, but to the many failed fascist movements that surfaced in inter-war Europe and elsewhere, and traces the unabated proliferation of virulent (but thus far successfully marginalized) fascist activism since 1945.
A New Ideal Type of Generic Fascism
Abortive Fascist Movements in Interwar Europe
NonEuropean and Postwar Fascisms
The Psychohistorical Bases of Generic Fascism
Sociopolitical Determinants of Fascisms Success
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