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Introduction

R. J. B. Bosworth

in The Oxford Handbook of Fascism

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594788
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199594788.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Introduction

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Of all political concepts of relatively recent times, fascism, along with the name of the Nazi chief, Adolf Hitler, elicits the most automatically negative reaction in most minds. Its mention at once conjures images of marching automatons, extreme violence, war, and genocide. The fascists, along with Hitler, it is widely assumed, were virtuously beaten in the Second World War, when liberals, democrats and socialists, capitalists and communists, came together, at least from 1941, to resist, to produce, to conquer, and to save humankind. Even though it is now more than sixty years since Hitler and his Italian ally, Benito Mussolini, died at the end of the Second World War, the history of fascism, it seems, retains contemporary menace.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Nazi; genocide; fascism; Second World War; Benito Mussolini; Italy; Germany

Article.  3234 words. 

Subjects: History ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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