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The Nature of Fascism draws on the history of ideas as well as on political, social and psychological theory to produce a synthesis of ideas and approaches that will be invaluable for students.
Roger Griffin locates the driving force of fascism in a distinctive form of utopian myth, that of the regenerated national community, destined to rise up from the ashes of a decaden
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 13th 1993 by Routledge (first published July 1st 1991)
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Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Students of Fascism, Historians, Political Scientists
Recommended to Michael by: Roger Griffin
Shelves: fascism, politics
I've been raving about this book for well over a decade, but I only really took the time to sit and read every word of it this past month. I'd read the important chapters (those in which Griffin sets forth his thesis and discusses it in terms of the two successful fascist regimes), as well as having used the index to find important bits, and I was familiar with Fascism and several of Griffin's articles in which he further elaborates the theory, but only now, two years out of graduate school and ...more
Sami Eerola
One of the best, if not the best book on fascism that there is. This book does not only analyze fascism with many points of view, but presents a consisted model for the germination of fascism in future societies, based on historical examples and in religious, folkloric, sociological and psychological studies. But also this book present a consistent and clear political taxonomy of different strains and elements of fascism that are manifested in different far-right groups and parties.

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We use words all the time that we don't really understand, no wait we assume we have a sense of what they mean but when we stop and think, we realize the explanation can be a bit shaky and unclear. This is especially so in the case of political terms and ideology. what is socialism, anarchism, democracy and so on? For the last few months I had been living with this feeling that my opinion on and knowledge off fascism was based on inadequate information. I did not feel like I really got it and th ...more
I've read several books over the past year attempting to discuss fascism or fascist-inspired political movements, and this one is unequivocally the best.

Griffin is concise (fewer than 250 pages), yet rigorous. Academic yet readable. Gives appropriate context without getting bogged down in internecine debate. Most importantly, Griffin succeeds where many have failed before him: he creates a plausible, usable, concise definition for fascism. Fascism, he says, is comprised of a mythic core of pali
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As an Israeli, and a Jew, a Jew of European origin at that, I grew up hearing all about the atrocities committed by the Nazis in WW2, while the stories are horrifying, I always felt like I was missing something, I was missing an understanding of who these murderers(the Nazis) WERE.

Who were these people? were they just insane nationalists who hated all things Jewish because of old stereotypes? why do people(some even in Israel) forget that much of the western(and especially Israeli) status quo is
Şilan Becerman
Faşizmi ve nazizmi, yeniden anlamak ve özü kavramak bakımından önemli bir kitap. Yer yer Griffin 'in sol - liberallik adına olması gerekeni söylemediğini ve iki yüzlü davrandığını, kendisiyle çeliştiğini düşünsem de, kişisel bağlamda farklı bir perspektif kattığını, terminolojik olarak bilgimi geliştirdiğini düşünüyorum.
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