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What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolini’s rise to power, to Germany’s fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged.

The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton’s classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism–“the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain.”

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What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolinis rise to power, to Germanys fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged.

The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxtons classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism-“the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain.”

About the Author

Robert O. Paxton taught at Columbia University. His other books include Vichy France, Vichy France and the Jews (with Michael Marrus), Europe in the Twentieth Century, and French Peasant Fascism. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction

The Invention of Fascism

Images of Fascism

Strategies

Where Do We Go from Here?

Chapter 2 Creating Fascist Movements

The Immediate Background

Intellectual, Cultural, and Emotional Roots

Long-Term Preconditions

Precursors

Recruitment

Understanding Fascism by Its Origins

Chapter 3 Taking Root

Successful Fascisms

—(1) The Po Valley, Italy, 1920-22

—(2) Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 1928-33

An Unsuccessful Fascism: France, 1924-40

Some Other Unsuccessful Fascisms

Comparisons and Conclusions

Chapter 4 Getting Power

Mussolini and the “March on Rome”

Hitler and the “Backstairs Conspiracy”

What Did Not Happen: Election, Coup dEtat, Solo Triumph Forming Alliances

What Fascists Offered the Establishment

The Prefascist Crisis

Revolutions after Power: Germany and Italy

Comparisons and Alternatives

Chapter 5 Exercising Power

The Nature of Fascist Rule: “Dual State” and Dynamic Shapelessness

The Tug-of-War between Fascists and Conservatives

The Tug-of-War between Leader and Party

The Tug-of-War between Party and State

Accommodation, Enthusiasm, Terror

The Fascist “Revolution”

Chapter 6 The Long Term: Radicalization or Entropy?

What Drives Radicalization?

Trying to Account for the Holocaust

Italian Radicalization: Internal Order, Ethiopia, Salò

Final Thoughts

Chapter 7 Other Times, Other Places

Is Fascism Still Possible?

Western Europe since 1945

Post-Soviet Eastern Europe

Fascism Outside Europe

Chapter 8 What Is Fascism?

Conflicting Interpretations

Boundaries

What Is Fascism?

Bibliographical Essay

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033911
Author:
Paxton, Robert O
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Paxton, Robert O.
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Fascism
Subject:
Europe Politics and government.
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
World History-European History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.03x5.31x.74 in. .55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolinis rise to power, to Germanys fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged.

The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxtons classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism-“the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain.”

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