The Anatomy of Fascism

The Anatomy of Fascism

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An analysis of fascism seeks to clarify its ideological foundations, the leaders and historical situations that have enabled its prosperity, its various manifestations in numerous countries, and the peculiarities of the elected fascist governments in Germany and Italy. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
What is fascism? Many authors have proposed succinct but abstract definitions. Robert O. Paxton prefers to start with concrete historical experience. He focuses more on what fascists did than on what they said. Their first uniformed bands beat up "enemies of the nation," such as communists and foreign immigrants, during the tense days after 1918 when the liberal democracies of Europe were struggling with the aftershocks of World War I. Fascist parties could not approach power, however, without the complicity of conservatives willing to sacrifice the rule of law for security.
Paxton makes clear the sequence of steps by which fascists and conservatives together formed regimes in Italy and Germany, and why fascists remained out of power elsewhere.
This book, based on a lifetime of research, will have a lasting impact on our understanding of twentieth-century history.

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Presents a detailed political analysis of how twentieth century fascism took hold and thrived in certain European countries, such as Italy and Germany, and not in others.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xii, 321 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781400040940
Branch Call Number: 320.533 Pax
Additional Contributors: Paxton, Robert O. Anatomy of fascism


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Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

This is a work of analysis, not history. Readers seeking a chronological account may find this choppy and repetitive. The final chapter gives advice for distinguishing fascisms from other perversions of politics. Detailed but brief: An annotated bibliography, endnotes, and an index fill the last 100 pages.

Aw_19 Nov 12, 2016

Brilliant analysis of the 20th century's most powerful and destructive political ideologies.

If you want to understand what fascism was and why it's still possible, then this is the place to start.

Though I will say it helps to have a basic knowledge of interwar Europe.

Nov 02, 2013

Vichy France is a great book about the Petain years in France, and the Anatomy of Fascism is equally fine on the various fascist movements in Europe before the war. I especially liked Paxton's discussion of Mussolini's Italy.


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Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

Fascism [for one observer] meant setting aside democracy and due process in public life, to the acclamation of the street.

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