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Stanley G. Payne
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Fascism: Comparison and Definition

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"An impressive review of reputed fascist movements, at once setting them apart from other authoritarian nationalist organizations and bringing them together within a qualified generic category. Running throughout the volume, and valuable to readers at every level, is a careful critique of the major debates that divide scholars on this most unintelligible 'ism' of them all. ...more
ebook, 243 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 1980)
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May 10, 2007 Joey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the coolest books I own; and I've just received it as a gift. Can't find a copy on Amazon or Ebay, so that makes me one lucky boy.
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This was a definitive work on fascism at its most basic. Stanley G. Payne looks at the various parties, models, and regimes that have been tagged "fascist" and tries to arrive at a simple definition.

He correctly points out that fascism was the 20th century's only legitimately new political philosophy; and also shows why the total quantity of actual fascist movements was always relatively small. Most interestingly of all, he tackles the claim that fascism represents the radicalism of the middle
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historian of modern Spain and European Fascism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He retired from full time teaching in 2004 and is currently Professor Emeritus at its Department of History
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