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Fascist Interactions

Proposals for a New Approach to Fascism and Its Era, 1919-1945

David D. Roberts

330 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-130-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (May 2016)

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“…this remarkable study… combines extraordinary command and interpretation of the literature on 1919–45 across many countries with very promising approaches for inquiry. These include viewing Fascism as an alternative modernity fashioned by experiences and interactions with others, domestic and international, including liberal regimes, conservatives, and the Soviets. Roberts also understands Fascism as a new mode of collective action lacking any central core, but composed of a series of unstable, vulnerable, interlocking pieces. The author concludes with a powerful plea that historians take Fascism seriously…Essential.” · Choice

“The literature on fascism has become so elaborate and dense during the past couple of decades that we badly need surefooted critical guidance of the kind that Roberts provides. This consistently interesting volume is the culminating statement of a long and distinguished career.” · Geoff Eley, University of Michigan

“This is a highly sophisticated synthesis of key debates and potential new directions in scholarship on fascism. It rests on a phenomenal grasp of the literature and represents a magisterial stock-taking that is essential reading for specialists.” · Christopher Dillon, King’s College London

Although studies of fascism have constituted one of the most fertile areas of historical inquiry in recent decades, more and more scholars have called for a new agenda with more research beyond Italy and Germany, less preoccupation with definition and classification, and more sustained focus on the relationships among different fascist formations before 1945. Starting from a critical assessment of these imperatives, this rigorous volume charts a historiographical path that transcends rigid distinctions while still developing meaningful criteria of differentiation. Even as we take fascism seriously as a political phenomenon, such an approach allows us to better understand its distinctive contradictions and historical variations.

David D. Roberts is Albert Berry Saye Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia.

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Europe

LC: D726.5 .R56 2016

BISAC: POL042030 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/Fascism & Totalitarianism; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; HIS010000 HISTORY/Europe/General

BIC: JPFQ Fascism & Nazism; HBJD European history




Contents

Preface

PART I: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

Chapter 1. New Restiveness, New Possibilities, and Unfinished Business in Fascist Studies
Chapter 2. Assessing the New Restiveness
Chapter 3. Transnational Turn, Further Unfinished Business, and Some Preliminary Categories and Distinctions

PART II: MODES OF EPOCHAL INTERACTION

Chapter 4. Internal Interaction: Fascists, Conservatives, and the Establishment
Chapter 5. Supranational Interaction within the New Right
Chapter 6. Interaction with the Liberal Democracies
Chapter 7. Interaction across the Left-Right Divide and Uncertainty over "Totalitarianism"

PART III: SOME TENTATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS

Chapter 8. Categories for Us: Blurring and Rigor
Chapter 9. Fascism as "Epochal" or Continuing Possibility?
Chapter 10. The Epochal Aggregate

Works Cited
Index

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