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Fascism  -  Essays on Europe and India
Fascism - Essays on Europe and India

Fascism - Essays on Europe and India

by Arthur Rosenberg

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Three Essays


9788188789948 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 233



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Author: Arthur Rosenberg
Sumit Sarkar/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Jairus Banaji
Publisher: Three Essays
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 233
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188789948


The victory of fascism in Europe between the wars was an incalculable human catastrophe.

This collection of essays contains the first-ever English translation of Arthur Rosenberg’s fascinating analysis of the emergence of fascism in Europe, as well as a short introduction to the essay that explains its significance, and then four contributions that extend the framework to India – dealing in turn with Savarkar and the politics of the Hindu Mahasabha (Srinivasan), communalism as the Indian version of fascism and its roots in the majoritarian ideologies of the nation-state (Simeon), and the fascism of the Sangh Parivar as this had emerged by the early ’90s when concerted communal mobilizations unleashed a spate of violence, foreshadowing the even more horrific events of 2002 (Sumit Sarkar).

Unlike most left-wing theories of fascism, Rosenberg’s work made the mass base of fascism central to its political success.

But what does it mean for fascism to have a “mass base”? And how does it construct one? The concluding chapter explores the notion of “passive complicity”, using ideas developed by Jean-Paul Sartre in his major work Critique of Dialectical Reason, and then turns to a characterization of the Extreme Right in India by looking at the strategies at work in the subversion of Indian democracy.



Part One – Arthur Rosenberg on fascism
Jairus Banaji: Fascism as a mass-movement: Translator’s introduction
Arthur Rosenberg: Fascism as a mass-movement

Part Two – The growth of fascism in India
Kannan Srinivasan: A subaltern fascism?
Sumit Sarkar: The fascism of the Sangh Parivar
Dilip Simeon: The law of killing: A brief history of Indian fascism
Jairus Banaji: Trajectories of fascism: Extreme-right movements in India and elsewhere

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