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Fascism: A Very Short Introduction

Fascism: A Very Short Introduction

Written by Kevin Passmore

Narrated by Pam Ward


Fascism: A Very Short Introduction

Written by Kevin Passmore

Narrated by Pam Ward

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4/5 (29 ratings)
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6 hours
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Released:
Jul 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781541447318
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What is fascism? Is it revolutionary? Or is it reactionary? Can it be both?

Fascism is notoriously hard to define. How do we make sense of an ideology that appeals to streetfighters and intellectuals alike? That is overtly macho in style, yet attracts many women? That calls for a return to tradition while maintaining a fascination with technology? And that preaches violence in the name of an ordered society?

In the new edition of this Very Short Introduction, Kevin Passmore brilliantly unravels the paradoxes of one of the most important phenomena in the modern world—tracing its origins in the intellectual, political, and social crises of the late nineteenth century, the rise of fascism following World War I, including fascist regimes in Italy and Germany, and the fortunes of "failed" fascist movements in Eastern Europe, Spain, and the Americas. He also considers fascism in culture, thenew interest in transnational research, and the progress of the far right since 2002.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781541447318
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (4/5)
    A reasonable overview of a very complex and very hard to tackle problem. Exercising a good deal of common sense as well as scholarly judgement it starts off with a description of the issues in dealing with the notion of fascism, followed up by a short history of it.

    The bulk of the work is made up of the description of the operation of fascist regimes and movements in the great western countries of Italy, Germany, the UK, France, with a relatively reasonable amount of attention paid to the Iberian Peninsula, Eastern Europe, the US, and even Latin America, supplemented by shorts remarks of fascism - such as it was - in Asia (although I think Japan, a special case in its own right was not mentioned). Both the scope and depth of the work - as can be seen in the English-language bibliography as well - is what one could expect of a well done "very short introduction". It is probably the strict page limit on the book combined with the depth of that rabbit hole, that forced out a deeper grounding of fascism as a phennomenon in the philosophical, artistic and social environment, as well as representative quotations from seminal thinkers and documents related.

    This is also where the work suffers the most: people who don't really have a picture of the political, social and cultural, as well as economic situation in Giolittian-era (c. 1900-14) and post-war (1919-22) Italy, or the Weimar Republic's last years (1928-1933) will walk away with the picture that conservative/liberal groups accepted Mussolini and Hitler as bridges to the masses, trying to make use of them for their own interests with more (in Italy's case) or less (in Germany's) success and with the conclusion that it could have been otherwise - but without a real understanding of why not the alternatives were chosen, aside from the vague sense that they were discredited by their own performance.

    The reader also does a reasonable, albeit unspectacular job in making the material interesting for the listener.
  • (1/5)
    It notoriously plays a blind eye on working class or "left wing" fascism e.g. Maoism, Stalinism, Pol Pot, Maduroism, Castrism, etc. which --curiosity enough are responsible for the greatest number of assassinations in world history.