Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives by Constantin IordachiComparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives by Constantin Iordachi

Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives

EditorConstantin Iordachi

Paperback | August 18, 2009

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Owing to its mass appeal, revolutionary and violent nature, strong political impact, and multiple reverberations in contemporary politics, fascism was one of the most complex, and hotly debated movements of the twentieth century.Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectivesbrings together some of the leading experts in the field in order to provide an informative introduction to the most recent debates on fascist studies and the history of fascism across Europe.

In his general, analytical introduction Constantin Iordachi focuses on transnational approaches to fascism, briefly reviewing the comparative method and its application to fascist studies. Concentrating on the interwar period, the book is divided into three parts, offering a synoptic overview of the latest developments in the field, exploring different definitions of fascism, and grounding these theoretical debates in their historical context. The three parts correspond to distinct methods and levels of comparison. They focus on:

  • debates over ideal-type models of generic fascism used as instruments of comparison, and evaluation of historic case studies
  • cross-national and trans-national comparisons of historical examples of fascism, measured against each other or against theoretical models of generic fascism
  • debates over totalitarianism and political religions and their relevance for studying fascist movements and regimes.

ThisReaderprovides a sample of authoritative works that have revolutionized the field in the last two decades, supplemented by recent challenging reinterpretations of key aspects of fascism. Chapters include works by: Zeev Sternhell, George L Mosse, Stanley G. Payne, Roger Griffin, Roger Eatwell, Robert O. Paxton, Michael Mann, Aristotle A. Kallis, Ian Kershaw, Emilio Gentile, Richard Steigmann-Gall, and Constantin Iordachi.

Each extract also has an introduction and annotations to guide the student through the  complex arguments. ThisReaderis the perfect informative introduction into debates on comparative fascist studies.

Constantin Iordachiis Assistant Professor of History at the Central European University, Budapest.
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Title:Comparative Fascist Studies: New PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415462223

ISBN - 13:9780415462228

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Table of Contents

Introduction  Part One: Defining Generic Fascism: A New Consensus?
1. FascismZeev Sternell 2. Toward a General Theory of FascismGeorge L. Mosse 3. Introduction. Fascism: A Working Definition Stanley G. Payne 4. 'General Introduction: Fascism;' and 'The Primacy of Culture' Roger Griffin 5. The Nature of Generic Fascism: 'The Fascist Minumum' and the 'Fascist Matrix'Roger Eatwell Part Two: Historical Fascism: Cross- and Trans-National Comparisons 6. The Five Stages of FascismRobert O. Paxton 7. A Sociology of Fascist MovementsMichael Mann 8. The 'Regime-Model' of Fascism: A TypologyAristotle A. Kallis  9. Hitler and the Uniqueness of NazismIan Kershaw Part Three: Fascism as Totalitarianism and Political Religion  10. The Sacralisation of Politics: Definitions, Interpretations and Reflections on the Question of Secular Religion and TotalitarianismEmilo Gentile 11. Cloister or cluster? The implications of Emilio Gentile's ecumenical theory of political religion for the study of extremismRoger Griffin  12. Nazism and the Revival of Political Religion TheoryRichard Steigmann-Gall  13. God's Chosen Warriors: Romantic Palingenesis, Religion, and Fascism in Modern RomaniaConstantin Iordachi  

Editorial Reviews

'This is a collection of academic pieces by some of the most eminent scholars in the field of fascist studies of the last forty years. And what a superb collection it is' ¿ Mike McCabe, S.A.T.H. Resources Review