Between 1918 and 1945, fascism spread throughout Europe, dominating several states. It had far-reaching consequences, yet it is one of the most problematic issues in modern history. This introductory study blends research with accessible narrative on key themes for the higher level student.
Fascism was of profound significance for Europe between 1918 and 1945. It spread throughout the continent and dominated several states, with almost incalculable consequences. Yet fascism is also one of the most problematic issues in modern history. How is the term best defined? How far was fascism a political ideology, and how far merely a "style" of rule? Why did fascism spread so rapidly, and exactly which regimes should be called fascist? In particular, should Nazi Germany be classified as a fascist state, or do the differences between the Hitler and Mussolini regimes outweigh their similarities? Blending research with accessible narrative, the author aims to provide a thought-provoking and readable introdcution to this key theme of 20th-century history. The book is part of the "Access to History" series, which provides concise and readable introductions to major issues in British, European and world history for higher level students. Study guides are included in each chapter.
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Part 1 Introduction - the problem of fascism: the fundamental questions; fascism - a general outline; study guides. Part 2 The origins of fascism: intellectual origins; the ingredients of proto-fascism; proto-fascist movements; assessment; the impact of World War I; study guides. Part 3 The rise of fascism: the problems of the post-war world; Italy; the military dictatorships; the monarchical dictatorships; Germany; Austria; conclusion; study guides. Part 4 Fascism in action: Italy and Germany - political affairs; Italy and Germany - social and economic affairs; Italy and Germany - propaganda; Italy and Germany - foreign affairs and war; other regimes; assessment; study guides. Part 5 The significance of fascism: fascism, capitalism and class; fascism - revolutionary or reactionary?; fascism and totalitarianism; fascism, nihilism and egotism; conclusion; study guides. Part 6 Conclusion - the meanings of fascism: conclusion; study guides.
Fascism and Nazism by Robert Pearce
Access to History
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