Synopses & Reviews
In Fascism and the Right in Europe, 1919-1945 Martin Blinkhorn confronts, as a social and political historian, the challenge of exploring and explaining the relationship of European fascism with other forms of right-wing authoritarianism. In doing so he considers not just the 'major' fascist movements and regimes of Italy and Germany but the entire range of fascist and authoritarian ideas, movements and regimes present in the Europe of 1919-45. While recognizing the important distinctions that need to be made between different forms of right-wing extremism, Martin Blinkhorn also argues that the existence on the interwar right of shared ground, selective borrowing, and pragmatic compromise often made those distinctions less important in practice than they appeared in theory.
Key features include:
# A discussion of ways in which, since the 1920s, fascism has been understood and defined by a variety of political propagandists, social scientists and historians
#The author's own conclusions as to how 'fascism' can best be understood
#Reflections on contemporary neo-fascism and 'post-fascism'
#A Glossary, Chronology, Bibliography and Who's Who section of key figures, providing a framework of information for understanding events
The book will be welcomed by students of History and Politics for its clear-sighted account of the explosive phenomenon of fascism. It provides a unique 'template' against which the development of fascist and authoritarian ideas, movements and regimes may be studied.
MARTIN BLINKHORN is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Lancaster.
A new study the spread of fascism and the far immediately after the First World War and the resulting disastrous consequences across Europe. Books in this Seminar Studies in History Series bridge the gap between textbook and general survey and consists of a brief "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the subject, valuable in bringing the reader up-to-speed on the area being examined, followed by a substantial and authoritative section of "Analysis" focusing on the main themes and issues. There is a succinct "Assessment" of the subject, a generous selection of "Documents" and a detailed bibliography. Places interwar European fascism in its historical context and analyzes its relationship with other right-wing, authoritarian movements and regimes. Examines the ideological roots of fascism in pre-1914 Europe and explores fascism, not only across Italy and Germany, to the entire European continent Those interested in European political history.
This new text places interwar European fascism squarely in its historical context and analyses its relationship with other right wing, authoritarian movements and regimes. Beginning with the ideological roots of fascism in pre-1914 Europe, Martin Blinkhorn turns to the problem-torn Europe of 1919 to 1939 in order to explain why fascism emerged and why, in some settings, it flourished while in others it did not. In doing so he considers not just the 'major' fascist movements and regimes of Italy and Germany but the entire range of fascist and authoritarian ideas, movements and regimes present in the Europe of 1919-1945.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series.
Note on Referencing System.
I. BACKGROUND. 1. Problems of Studying Fascism.
2. Foretastes of Fascism in Pre-1914 Europe.
II. ANALYSIS. 3. Interwar Europe in Crisis.
4. Fascist and Right-Wing Movements, 1919-1939.
5. Fascist and Right-Wing Regimes.
6. Theories and interpretations.
III. CONCLUSIONS. 7. Understanding Fascism.
8. Appendix: Fascism, a Template.
IV. DOCUMENTS. Chronology.