Author: Margit KovesShaswati Mazumdar/Editor(s): Margit Koves / Shaswati MazumdarPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 325ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187496517
The phenomenon of movements and organizations with chauvinist agendas finding their way into parliaments and in some cases into governments is a striking feature of our times, even though the current world context and the forces that drive it are not quite the same as those that first gave birth to fascism. What factors underlie the rise of contemporary fascist tendencies? Can the investigation of how and why fascism initially emerged, of the forces that gave it sustenance and ensured its victory, help in understanding the nature of the contemporary tendencies? Though different in important ways from the period in which fascism first gained ascendancy, the contemporary world nevertheless shares many of the features that initially provided fascism with its raison d'être. The Reader offers a selection of writings from the postwar and inter-war period by left-wing scholars, political figures and critics of culture with the hope of encouraging reflection and debate. The predominant focus is on German Fascism, but the selection includes pieces on Italy, Hungary, postwar America. It attempts to give an account of the major issues in Marxist debates on Fascism and to also provide a sense of the changing political pressures and constraints in which these debates took place.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSABBREVIATIONSMARGIT KOVES AND SHASWATI MAZUMDARINTRODUCTIONSection OneTowards a Marxist Theory of Fascism and National Socialism: A Report on Developments in West Germany‘Holocaust’-Research in Germany: From 1945 to the Goldhagen Debate Economy and Politics in the Destruction of the Weimar RepublicTerror and Demagoguery in the Consolidation of the Fascist Dictatorship in Germany, 1933-34Intention and Explanation: A Current Controversy About the Interpretation of National SocialismThe Fascism of Our TimesOn FascismThe Struggle Against FascismOn the Question of FascismOn FascismBlum-ThesesThe Working Class Against FascismFascism Against the Working ClassSection ThreeSummary Transition: Non-Contemporaneity and Obligation to Its DialecticThe Fascist Falsification of GoetheA Necessary Observation on the Struggle Against BarbarismBrief ChronologyTHE AUTHORSINDEX