In this study, a leading British expert on pre-World War II European politics provides a useful, succinct introduction to the fascist ideologies and movements, and their relationship to other right-wing forces between the two world wars. It is divided into discussions of problems of the scholarly study of generic fascism at the beginning and end of the book, and chapters on "foretastes of fascism in pre-1914 Europe," the inter-war European crisis, the fascist and right-wing movements of 1919-1939, fascist and right-wing regimes, and theories and interpretations of fascism. Attached are two maps and fifteen documents, as well as a chronology, glossary, "Who's Who," and structured bibliography. Lecturers will find this book to be an excellent tool for teaching surveys of the inter-war period.
The one confusing aspect concerns the headings of the book and chapters: Whereas in another important study edited by Martin Blinkhorn a discintion is drawn between "fascists" or "the radical right," on the one side, and "conservatives" or "the establishment," on the other side (Unwin Hyman 1990), Blinkhorn, in this study, makes a distinction between "fascism" and "the right." Is fascism, according to Blinkhorn, a variety of the extreme right, or not?
Andreas Umland, Kyiv