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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521477115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521477116
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...the volume encompasses an impressively wide sweep of comparisons and contrats, and summerizes a vast extent of recent scholarship. It is the sort of work that should be purchased by every scholarly library." Italian Quarterly

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Can Fascism and Nazism be compared? This collaborative volume explores parallels and contrasts between the two regimes. Taking stock of recent research, and advancing fresh theories about the histories of Nazism and Fascism, the book provides a basis for informed comparison of two movements central to twentieth-century history.

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I want to start by discussing the general problem of the comparability of Fascism and National Socialism, and of the processes at work in German and Italian society. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maurice on 31 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Initial historical research into Nazi Germany in the 60s was biased by wrongly directed Cold War and Marxist paradigms, that seemed to suggest that the Nazi Germany and Fascist Italian regimes could be treated as comparable 'totalitarian' entities. Since that early period, it has become abundantly clear that Nazi Germany, as evidenced by Auschwitz, was a unique entity. This change in understanding was marked by situations such as the 'Historians' Dispute' of the 1980s and the cessation of the Cold War.
It was indeed the removal of the Cold War and the possible resurgence of fascist tendencies that suggested to Richard Bessel the idea of comparing and contrasting various aspects of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, to evaluate whether indeed there were parallels between the two regimes. He felt that there were five key themes that would allow for comparative analysis. Those themes - the crisis of bourgeois society; attitudes of the workforce; policies towards women; the military and the war; and finally their progression towards modernization - each had two essays relating to the two regimes.
This book provides a really valuable addition to our understanding of the similarities and differences of the two regimes. It also draws in many of the various ideas and concepts relating to this subject produced by differing historians over the last few years, particularly Tim Mason, to whom the book is dedicated. The book can be approached as a collection of ten essays, each of which are valuable historiographies in their own right or as a straight comparison between two very similar regimes that fought together.
Not a pleasant subject, but the essays are well written and objective and well worth their reading.
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By Severin Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Why was Nazi Germany so much better at making war than Fascist Italy? Why did Hitler keep his German support to the end while Mussolini lost his when things began to go badly? These are among the questions asked by the authors in this short but fairly good book. I only wish they covered a greater variety of topics. Compare and contrast is one of the best learning methods, and should be expanded to include as much as possible. Perhaps the authors will follow up with another book.
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Facist Italy and Nazi Germany: Comaprisons and Contrasts 20 Nov 2011
By bigguy11 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book would be good for a historical scholar who is writing a thesis on the subject but it was well beyond my comprehension. Parts of it are interesting but it is a very difficult read to say the least.
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