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A History of Fascism, 1914-1945

Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, World
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Focusing mostly on Italy and Germany but also considering Spain, Romania, Japan, and movements in other countries, Payne (history, University of Wisconsin) describes fascism as revolutionary ultranationalism based on national rebirth, extreme elitism, mass mobilization, and the promotion of violence and military virtues. He also suggests that the early Russian communists borrowed many techniques from fascism, and that though we are fairly well-inoculated against fascism itself, the values it represents could still emerge in new forms.

©1996 Stanley G. Payne (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic Overview of Fascist Complexity

Most uses of the term "fascism" fail to mean more than "people who are hateful". Stanley G. Payne's thorough overview of fascist, semi-fascist, and fascist adjacent movements, with special emphasis on the two fully fascist regimes of Italy and Germany, help to give some meat to the term. Michael Kramer's reading is great, having the best qualities of an academic lecture without becoming a droning bore.

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