Rethinking Antifascism: History, Memory and Politics, 1922 to the Present

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Hugo García, Mercedes Yusta, Xavier Tabet, Cristina Clímaco
Berghahn Books, Jun 1, 2016 - Political Science - 360 pages
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Bringing together leading scholars from a range of nations, Rethinking Antifascism provides a fascinating exploration of one of the most vibrant sub-disciplines within recent historiography. Through case studies that exemplify the field’s breadth and sophistication, it examines antifascism in two distinct realms: after surveying the movement’s remarkable diversity across nations and political cultures up to 1945, the volume assesses its postwar political and ideological salience, from its incorporation into Soviet state doctrine to its radical questioning by historians and politicians. Avoiding both heroic narratives and reflexive revisionism, these contributions offer nuanced perspectives on a movement that helped to shape the postwar world.


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Introduction Beyond Revisionism Rethinking Antifascism in the TwentyFirst Century Hugo García Mercedes Yusta Xavier Tabet and Cristina Clím...
Part One Historical Antifascism 192245
1 Freedom for Thälmann The Comintern and the Orchestration of the Campaign to Free Ernst Thälmann 193339 Anson Rabinbach
2 Was the French Popular Front Antifascist? Michael Seidman
3 Beyond Cable Street New Approaches to the Historiography of Antifascism in Britain in the 1930s Tom Buchanan
4 Searching for Antifascism Historiography the Crisis of the Liberal State and the Birth of Fascism and Antifascism in Italy Spain and Portugal Giul...
5 Was there an Antifascist Culture in Spain during the 1930s? Hugo García
6 Portugal within the European Antifascist Movement 192239 Cristina Clímaco
Part Two Political Uses Memory Wars and Revisionism from 1945 to the Present
10 From Antifascistas to PAF Lexical and Political Interpretations of American International Brigaders in Spain during the Second World War Rob...
11 An Antifascist Political Identity? On the Cult of Antifascism in the Soviet Union and postSocialist Russia José María Faraldo
12 The Burden of the RearView Mirror Myth and Historiography of Republican Antifascism in France Gilles Vergnon
13 Did Revisionism Win? Italy between Loss of Historical Consciousness and Nostalgia for the Past Stéfanie Prezioso
14 Antifascism and the Resistance Public Debate and Politics of Memory in Italy from the 1990s to the Present Filippo Focardi
15 In Search of the Lost Narrative Antifascism and Democracy in PresentDay Spain Javier Muñoz Soro
16 Dictatorship and Revolution Disputes over Collective Memory in PostAuthoritarian Portugal Manuel Loff and Luciana Soutelo

7 The Argentine Antifascist Movement and the Building of a Tempting Domestic Appeal 192246 Andrés Bisso
8 Women and Antifascism Historiographical and Methodological Approaches Isabelle Richet
9 The Strained Courtship between Antifascism and Feminism From the Womens World Committee 1934 to the Womens International Democratic F...
17 Antifascism between Collective Memory and Historical Revisions Enzo Traverso

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Hugo García is Associate Professor of Modern World History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. His publications include The Truth about Spain: Mobilizing British Public Opinion, 1936-1939 (2010), and he edited the Contemporary European History special issue on Transnational Anti-Fascism: Agents, Networks, Circulations in November 2016.

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