Fascism through History
Culture, Ideology, and Daily Life
Despite their tendency toward violence, oppression, and racial prejudice, fascist regimes typically enjoyed significant popularity during the 1920s and '30s.
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While fascism perhaps reached its peak in the regimes of Hitler and Mussolini, it continues to permeate governments today. This reference explores the history of fascism and how it has shaped daily life up to the present day.
Perhaps the most notable example of fascism was Hitler's Nazi Germany. Fascists aimed to control the media and other social institutions, and fascist views and agendas informed a wide range of daily life and popular culture. But while fascism flourished around the world in the decades before and after World War II, it continues to shape politics and government today. This reference explores the history of fascism around the world and across time, with special attention to how fascism has been more than a political philosophy but has instead played a significant role in the lives of everyday people.
The volume begins with a timeline citing key events related to fascism. An overview essay then surveys the history of fascism around the world. Some 200 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow. These entries discuss such topics as conditions for working people, conditions for women, fascist institutions that regulated daily life, attitudes toward race, physical culture, the arts, and more. Primary source documents gives readers first-hand accounts of fascist thought and practice. A selected bibliography directs users to additional resources.
- A timeline lists and describes key events related to fascism
- An overview essay surveys the history and significance of fascism around the world
- Alphabetically arranged reference entries provide information about fascist thought and daily life up to the present day
- Entries cite works for further reading and provide cross-references
- A selection of annotated primary source documents gives readers first-hand accounts of fascism in theory and practice
- A selected, general bibliography directs readers to the most important resources on fascism