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Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Passmore
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What is fascism? Is it revolutionary? Or is it reactionary? This book argues that it is both: fascism unleashes violence against the left and ethnic minorities, but also condemns the bourgeoisie for its 'softness'.

Kevin Passmore opens his book with a series of 'scenes from fascist life' - a secret meeting of the Romanian Iron Guard; Mussolini meeting the king of Italy; a rally of Hungarian doctors calling for restrictions on the number of Jews entering the profession; the shooting of 1800 Jews by Reserve Police Battalion 101 at Jozefow in Poland in July 1942. He then looks at the paradoxes of fascism through its origins in the political and social crisis of the late nineteenth century, the history of
fascist movements and regimes in Italy and Germany, and the fortunes of 'failed' fascist movements in Romania, Hungary and Spain. He shows how fascism used and uses propaganda and popular culture to propagate itself and how it exported its ideas outside Europe, through Nazi and Spanish post-war escape
routes to Latin America, for instance. The book concludes with a discussion of the recent revival of the extreme right in Austria, Italy, France, and Russia.

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About the Author

Kevin Passmore is Lecturer in History at the University of Wales, Cardiff. His books include From Liberalism to Fascism: The Right in a French Province (CUP, 1997), Writing National Histories: Western Europe Since 1800 (Routledge, 1999), The French Right: A History (Routledge), and Women, Gender and the Extreme Right in Europe, 1919-1945 (Macmillan).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 946 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (22 Aug 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N19DOM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 17 Oct 2009
As with all the other books of the series I've read, it's a great little gem.

The author presents the various and very complicated facets of fascism in a very orderly manner, with a certain degree of distance from the subject itself, but obviously without it being totally objective (if such a thing can ever be written).

It covers a lot of aspects of fascism that don't immediately come to mind when thinking about it, and it makes various ambiguities about the nature of fascism very transparent, and gives some good insight on how the context under fascism arose, its brief history, and the aftermath: what impacts fascism has had (and still has) in our societies.

Great book for anyone who wants to be introduced to what proves to be a very complicated and fragile issue in our modern history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Interesting Reading 17 Aug 2013
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This little book has certainly challenged any preconceptions of mine as to what constitutes fascism. A very worthwhile guide to the subject for anyone interested in a broader understanding of this (almost) taboo ideology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series 16 Oct 2012
By J. Eade
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I've read quite a few of the very short introductions now and I have to say this one was my favourite. Some of the others spend too long discussing people who discuss the subject, which might be fair enough as it gives you a decent reading list to investigate the subject further, but I preferred the engaging and comprehensive writing style of this book. I didn't read much that particularly surprised me but yet I feel much better informed now and have actually learnt a fair amount about other political ideologies too. I certainly couldn't previously have described the key differences between fascism and, say, authoritarian conservatism. I found there to be a healthy balance of history, critical analysis, and future (somewhat terrifying) prospects.
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