- A Very Short Introduction
by Kevin Passmore
Oxford University Press
176 pages, 2002


The book traces the origins of fascist ideology and the empowerment of fascist parties in the interwar years.

The author identifies as a major characteristic of fascism its commitment in subdoing all elites to its authority - be it religious, economic or else.

He also recognises the limited influence of Italian fascism on state structures, in contrast to the German case.

It should also be noted that fascism didn't get into power on its own. It was the left's fragmentation and the elites' reluctant alliance with fascism, as the less evil compared to communism, that opened the way for fascists to government. And all these ocurred in an environment of economic woes, rising nationalism and antagonism between European powers, a prevalent ideology of racism, social insecurity and turbulence in the power structures that the great changes in the electorate makeup that universal suffrage anbd feminism caused.

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