A History of Fascism, 1914-1945 by Stanley G. Payne

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A History of Fascism is an invaluable sourcebook, offering a rare combination of detailed information and thoughtful analysis. It is a masterpiece of comparative history, for the comparisons enhance our understanding of each part of the whole. The term ‘fascist,’ used so freely these days as a pejorative epithet that has nearly lost its meaning, is precisely defined, carefully applied and skillfully explained. The analysis effectively restores the dimension of evil.”—Susan Zuccotti, The Nation

“A magisterial, wholly accessible, engaging study. . . . Payne defines fascism as a form of ultranationalism espousing a myth of national rebirth and marked by extreme elitism, mobilization of the masses, exaltation of hierarchy and subordination, oppression of women and an embrace of violence and war as virtues.”—Publishers Weekly


About Stanley G. Payne

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Stanley G. Payne is the Hilldale–Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His many books includeThe Franco Regime: 1936–1975;Fascism: Comparison and Definition; andSpain's First Democracy: The Second Republic, 1931–1936, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Published January 1, 1995 by University of Wisconsin Press. 592 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Payne's goal, as a historian and "Hispanist," is to create an "objective evaluation" of these events, avoiding extremist opinions and stereotypes perpetuated by the likes of Ernest Hemingway.

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Payne analyzes the specific characteristics of “generic fascism” and proceeds to illustrate the various fascist movements in Europe showing how fascism is a political philosophy as varied as any other.) In the end, Shirer's book is a masterful telling of a dark decade that nearly destroyed civili...

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