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No political ideology has had a greater impact on modern history, or caused more intellectual controversy, than fascism. It has been identified with totalitarianism, state terror, fanaticism, orchestrated violence, and blind obedience, and was directly associated with the horrors of the Second World War, which left more than 40 million dead and introduced inconceivable not ...more
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Published September 1st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
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This was the book that introduced me to Griffin's thesis of the Fascist Minimum: "Fascism is a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism." After defining those terms in the Introduction, the rest of the book consists of primary source documents that prove it. Newcomers to the debate may be surprised to learn that Griffin does not include Franco's Spain or "Islamo-fascism" under his definition, or that he does in ...more
This was a bit like an annotated bibliography with samples. I understood his reason for choosing to include many short excerpts rather than fewer longer examples of fascist discourse, but I found it hard to buy his argument about the "mythic core" of fascism based on such edited selections. I also found the long introductions to each text quite interesting, but again, I was frustrated by the shortness of the examples he gave. The historical organization is good, and the breadth of coverage is r ...more
This book is FASCINATING. I read it for a class on fascism I took in college - it's a compilation of excerpts of texts written by various fascists and representing the various forms of fascism as it has manifested itself in different geographical locations. It gets right to the heart of fascism at its best, complete with some REALLY crazy stuff preached by some fairly eccentric people in their very own words(three cheers for primary docs). My jaw dropped several times while reading.
For those that are wanting a real and in depth understanding of fascism as it existed in its historical context via a neo-fascist point of view this is probably not the book to start with although it does give a general overview of variations of fascist thought, definitions, and classifications which shows the complications inherent in the attempts to arrive at a comprehensive and all inclusive categoration of what defines fascism as a political ideology. The compiler and commentator doesn't him ...more
Edward Smith
Fascism is probably one of the most poorly understood ideologies, despite the enormous impact it had on the 20th century. Griffin has created a work which has contained the writings of dozens of various fascist movements across the globe, in which the fascists describe their ideals themselves.

Griffin purposefully excludes writings from the Nazi party (which has its own book dedicated to it), and instead contains those of Italian Fascism, the Romanian Iron Guard, and the Croatian Ustache for exa
This book was an interesting collection of primary source documents (introduced in *very* dull segments) that all have something to do with fascism. The author states that collecting together fascist documents has never been done before (probably due to the unpopularity of the topic) and so I see a definite value to this book. The low rating I gave the book has simply to do with the fact that I have discovered I really don't care about the history of fascism -- so the primary source documents ar ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Kersplebedeb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: antifas who want to know the enemy.
if someone had told me that they were doing a book on fascism which would consist of quotes by various fascists, i'd have told them to not bother, but to his great credit Griffin has compiled one of the best resources i have come across to understand fascism as a body of ideas.
An excellent collection of text excerpts of fascists thinkers. Recommended for introductory classes on fascism.
hay man
read a lot of excerpts from guys talking about how cool fascism is
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