Fascism: A History

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Random House, Feb 28, 2011 - History - 432 pages
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Fascism is one of the most destructive and influential political movements of the twentieth century. Its imagery - of mad dictators and nihilistic violence - haunts our imaginations, and its historical legacy is almost too momentous to be understood. At the same time it is curiously elusive: how do we define fascism? What is the basis of its appeal? Why did it take root so successfully in Germany and Italy, and not in France or Britain?

Fascism: A History - a sweeping, enthralling study - tackles theses questions, and considers fascism in the round. It draws together its different strands, in Italy, Germany, France, and Britain, looking at its evolution up and during World War II; and it assesses post-war fascism, and examines its future in a Europe whose boundaries continue to change. Along the way, Fascism provides vivid portraits of Mussolini, Hitler, Oswald Mosley and other key figures within the movement. Lucid, dramatic, challenging, Fascism is a definitive book of its kind.

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Eatwell (Univ. of Bath, England) offers here a short, well-crafted overview of the origins and development of Fascism in Western Europe through the neo-Fascist movements of today. He focuses on two ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Roger Eatwell is Professor of European Politics at the University of Bath. He has published many articles and several books on politics and fascism. He has contributed to programmes on Radio 4 and the World Service, and has advised and appeared on television programmes on fascism. He is married and has two children.

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