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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Readers
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192892495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192892492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text included provide a good historical and theorectical outline of the movement and give some idea of the origin and affliation of propoganda in the media Victor Horboken, Lecturere in Cultural/Media Studies, Staffordshire University --Imperial Press

About the Author


Roger Griffin is the author of several studies of fascism, including The Nature of Fascism (1991, 1993), and contributor to Contemporary Political Ideologies (1993). He is Principal Lecturer in the Department of History at Oxford Brookes University.

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Like every other Oxford Readers book in the market....ABSOLUTELY GREAT!
Camilo Delgado
He is clearly well versed in the subject matter but nevertheless seems incapable of writing about it in an objective manner.
P.K. Ryan
An astounding piece of work, Roger Griffin's political and social insight into Fascism is Godly.
Mario J. Machado

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Camilo Delgado on July 23, 2005
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Like every other Oxford Readers book in the market....ABSOLUTELY GREAT!

This book allows you to appropiate the basic concepts regarding what is Fascism, this allows you to move on to more especific books on the subject and therefore make a move to more thorough analysis on the subject.It also presents you with the main theorists that have supported fascism since the early twenties until the end of the century.

Another very interesting thing is that it also introduces you to very non orthodox fascisms, as well as to some that are not really known to the common reader. It analyses Fascisms from places such as Ireland, Estonia, Hungary, BraziL and South Africa among others.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Ryan on July 14, 2007
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This book was both disillusioning and awe-inspiring. I will admit that I've always had a soft spot for fascism. Of course it has its flaws-as does any ideology- but I've always been instinctively drawn to the discipline, honor, idealism, cultural rejuvenation and national solidarity that is fascism. I've also grown to resent the fact that fascism is uniformly vilified as the incarnation of pure evil while the equally murderous history of communism is often downplayed or given a free pass altogether. We are constantly reminded of the horrors of the holocaust and inundated with the notion that fascism is synonymous with mass-murder, yet who today speaks of the millions (mostly Christians) liquidated by the Bolsheviks in their collectivizations? Indeed, editor Roger Griffin is guilty of this himself in this otherwise phenomenal book. With that said, I have to say that my sympathy for fascism has been somewhat lessened by this book. While I still admire certain aspects of it, and I would find it preferable to communism any day of the week, my conscience will not allow me to support the utter ruthlessness that many of the writings in this book represent.

The book is basically a massive collection of fascist writings from across the spectrum. The sections are broken down nicely by country and time period, giving the reader a comprehensive and chronological look at the evolution of fascism through the words of the fascists themselves. Italy and Germany obviously receive the bulk of attention, but also covered are smaller and lesser-known fascist movements throughout the world. Whether or not National Socialism is a form of fascism is actually still a topic of debate and this is briefly discussed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philippe Landry on September 19, 2007
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I cannot recommend this book enough to students of history and political science. Utterly indespensible and completely fascinating from front to back. It was immediately put to use on a research paper and I will use it again and again in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Brown on October 16, 2010
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In the scholarly debate about the existence of fascist doctrine, Griffin takes the stance that such a doctrine did not exist. This position makes him very inclusive in recognizing almost any ultra-nationalist movement as "fascist". It also dictates the very unphilosophical character of most of his selections: Most of them are ad-hoc speeches or short columnist pieces, focused on or evoked by current events, that express the ideas of their authors in vehement and excited slogans rather than in discursive, abstract argumentation.
One may claim: That is the true fascist talk. But I disagree. Some fascist thinkers, like Gentile and Panunzio, certainly had philosophical argumentations, and saw themselves as spokesmen of a well-ordered political philosophy. A good book ought to give room for this type of works, too.
The book may be very useful for history students - not for anyone who seeks an honest and sine ira presentation of fascist thought.
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24 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mario J. Machado on May 2, 2005
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FIRE IN THE MINDS OF MEN !!!!!

An astounding piece of work, Roger Griffin's political and social insight into Fascism is Godly. Although the book is 90% full of political and philosophical contributions from writers around the world, R. Griffin's introductions and prefaces are very insightful and intelligent evaluations of the particular documents at hand. Pure Genius - Roger Griffin IS THE Premier Theorist of Fascism that I have ever read! One big interesting point is the numerous philosophical ideologies that supported and built the framework of Fascism; more mental and intellectual work than I think most people would understand and a lot more went into this political ideology than communism and democratic-republicanism.

In the past 35 years, there has been a lot of crap written on POLITICAL HISTORY, etc.... I have never seen so much human waste in my life. Writers today do not have a clue as to what communism, fascism or even demorcatic-republicanism is. There is a bunch of idiots out there. I believe it is drugs and the fact that professors nowadays HAVE to write literature in their line of profession to keep their jobs - so they put out crap because they do not give a rat's arse about it .... but it keeps their job for them. Also, and most importantly, the US universities have many leftover Marxists (and the like... lefty liberals, etc). Marxists are morons! They have a one-dimensional view of reality and Fascism being a polymer of philosophical ideals is beyond their comprehension (Roger Griffin also implies this in this book). Some of their books are interesting. They always lead off with the key words, or catch phases, like proletariat and bourgeoisie.
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