The Oxford Handbook of Fascism

Paperback | November 28, 2010

EditorR.J.B. Bosworth

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The essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion. From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the 'first Fascist nation', the contributors cover a wide range of countries, from Nazi Germany and the comparison with Soviet Communism to fascism in Yugoslavia and its successor states. The book also examines the roots of fascism before 1914 andits survival, whether in practice or in memory, after 1945. The analysis looks at both fascist ideas and practice, and at the often uneasy relationship between the two. The book is not designed to provide any final answers to the fascist problem and no quick definition emerges from its pages. Readers will rather find there historical debate. On appropriate occasions, the authors disagree with each other and have not been forced into any artificial 'consensus',offering readers the chance to engage with the debates over a phenomenon that, more than any other single factor, led humankind into the catastrophe of the Second World War.

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The essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion. From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the 'first Fascist nation', the contributo...

R. J. B. Bosworth is Winthrop Professor of History at the University of Western Australia and Professor of History at the University of Reading.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pagesPublished:November 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionIdeas and Formative Experience1. Kevin Passmore: The ideological origins of Fascism before 19142. Alan Kramer: The First World War as Cultural Trauma3. Richard Bessel: World War One as Totality4. Glenda Sluga: The Aftermath of WarThe First Fascist Nation5. Mimmo Franzinelli: Squadrism6. Guido Bonsaver: Culture and Intellectuals7. Roger Absalom: The Peasant Experience Under Italian Fascism8. Philip Morgan: Corporatism and the Economic Order9. John Pollard: Fascism and Catholicism10. Patrizia Dogliani: Propaganda and Youth11. Perry Willson: Women in Mussolini's Italy 1922-4512. Mauro Canali: Crime and Repression13. Davide Rodogno: Fascism and War14. Richard Bosworth: Dictators, Strong or Weak? The Model of Benito MussoliniThe Nazi Comparison15. Gustavo Corni: State and Society: Italy and Germany Compared16. Robert Gordon: Race17. Jim Burgwyn: Diplomacy and World War: the (first) Axis of EvilOthers18. Roger Markwick: Communism: Fascism's 'other'?19. Mary Vincent: Spain20. Mark Pittaway: Hungary21. Radu Ioanid: Romania22. Marko Attila Hoare: Yugoslavia and its successor states23. Corinna Peniston-Bird: Austria24. Bob Moore: The Netherlands25. Bruno de Wever: Belgium26. Martin Pugh: Britain and its Empire27. Joan Tumblety: France28. Rikki Kersten: JapanReflection and Legacies29. Robert Paxton: Comparisons and Definitions30. Nathan Stoltzfus and Richard Bosworth: Memory and Representations of Fascism in Germany and Italy31. Anna Cento Bull: Neofascism

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"An expert, and up-to-date representation of the "state of the art" of research into fascism, this is a volume that serious scholars of Europe's "Age of Extremes" will want to have on their bookshelves." --Andrew G. Bonnell, Australian Journal of Politics and History