Fascism (book)

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Fascism is a book edited by political theorist Roger Griffin. It was published by Oxford University Press in 1995 as a 410-page paperback (ISBN 0-19-289249-5). It is a reader in the Oxford Readers series, which assembles the writings of various authors on the topic of fascism and the far-right. It serves as an English-language source book to introduce readers to pre-fascist anti-liberalism, interwar fascism in Italy and Germany, as well as associated international variants of fascism from Argentina to Japan.

The author attempts a comprehensive survey of the far-right throughout the 20th century, including topics as diverse as radical ecologism, neo-paganism, ultra-nationalism, and fanatical racism. Authors include an eclectic mix of philosophers, politicians, poets, agitators, and social critics, ranging from the fairly benign pessimistic poet-scholars of Weimar Germany (such as Stefan George, Ernst Jünger, and Martin Heidegger) to the terrifying vitriol of genocidal racists such as Heinrich Himmler and, American white supremacist, William Pierce. The book principally examines interwar Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, with political and historiographical analysis by contemporary and post-war liberals, Marxists, and conservatives.

There are 214 selections in the book, most of them from pre-1945. About half of them are from Italy and Germany, plus a section on "abortive fascisms" with writings from Britain, Spain, France and numerous other countries in Europe, Africa and South America. A section is devoted to "theories of fascism," and the book concludes with a collation of post-war writings.

Reaction[edit]

Vasiili E. Molodiakov, writing in The Scorpion, said the book serves up "a wide range of beasts" but includes some non-fascists and omits some real ones, and that it appears to be mainly a collection of "bad guys". "Pretending to disclose political prejudice, Mr. Griffin's book serves to reinforce it."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molodiakiv, Vasiili E. "Bed Time Book of Famous Beasts". The Scorpion.