Fascism: An Informal Introduction to Its Theory and Practice

Fascism: An Informal Introduction to Its Theory and Practice


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For Italian intellectuals, the terms fascist and antifascist continue to be the hard currency of contemporary political debate. When Professor Renzo de Felice suggests that fascism describes a moment in the Italian past—and only that—he is challenging the very heart of current orthodoxy. His ideas about fascism have a broad significance and represent a radical departure from conventional wisdom. This book remains important because of de Felice's vast knowledge of fascism and rigorous historical analysis. This dialogue between de Felice and American scholar Michael Ledeen ranges from empirical research on the history of Mussolini and the Fascist Regime in Italy to seeking a definition of fascism and determining its general characteristics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878556199
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/1977
Series: Issues in Contemporary Civilization Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction   Michael A. Ledeen     7
Historical and Theoretical Background of De Felice's Work     21
Seeking a Definition of Fascism     36
General Characteristics of Fascism     43
Italian Fascism: Historical and Comparative Analysis     61
Fascism, Foreign Policy, and World War II     79
True Examples of Fascism     89
Fascism Today     97
Fascism and Totalitarianism; Aspects for Further Research     108
Notes     116
Glossary     120
Biography/Bibliography     127

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