Fascism: The nature of fascism
Roger Griffin, Matthew Feldman
Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Political Science - 416 pages
The nature of 'fascism' has been hotly contested by scholars since the term was first coined by Mussolini in 1919. However, for the first time since Italian fascism appeared there is now a significant degree of consensus amongst scholars about how to approach the generic term, namely as a revolutionary form of ultra-nationalism. Seen from this perspective, all forms of fascism have three common features: anticonservatism, a myth of ethnic or national renewal and a conception of a nation in crisis. This collection includes articles that show this new consensus, which is inevitably contested, as well as making available material which relates to aspects of fascism independently of any sort of consensus and also covering fascism of the inter and post-war periods.This is a comprehensive selection of texts, reflecting both the extreme multi-faceted nature of fascism as a phenomenon and the extraordinary divergence of interpretations of fascism.
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This is certainly the most important anthology of primary and secondary texts on generic fascism ever complied, and invaluable as a library reference work. However, it was NOT edited by Matthew Feldman. It was edited by Roger Griffin, who made all the sections and wrote all the commentaries, with secretarial work being carried out by Matthew Feldman.
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