A. James Gregor Phoenix: Facism in Our Time

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Phoenix: Facism in Our Time

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A great deal of effort has been expended by Anglo-American scholars in an attempt to isolate past and contemporary "fascisms," "neofascisms," "cryptofascisms," and "latent" fascisms in the modern world. A. James Gregor's Phoenix: Fascism in Our Time offers an insightful history of the intellectual rationale for Benito Mussolini's fascism. His work examines the complex rationale provided by major Italian intellectuals. The book provides a list of recurrent features that helps to identify the generic phenomenon.  

This lucid account reviews seriously neglected aspects of intellectual history, describing the socioeconomic and political conditions that precipitate and sustain fascism. Gregor shows that Italian fascism was supported by a responsible and credible rationale. His account of that rationale permits us to understand the appeal fascism as an ideal has exercised over elites and masses in the twentieth century. Gregor offers a credible list of traits in showing how instances of fascism can be identified when they first appear. The last chapters of the work are devoted to a case study of the newly emergent post-Soviet Russian nationalism and its affinities with historic fascism. Gregor discusses the implications of the rise of generic fascism in the former Soviet Union and post-Maoist China.

This timely volume now available in paperback offers an alternative to conventional mechanical interpretations of the major historical events of the twentieth century. Phoenix is must reading for scholars and policymakers dealing with European history between the two world wars, and will be instructive for anyone interested in prospects for a fascist ideology in the new millennium.

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A. James Gregor is professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley and an adjunct professor at Command and Staff College, U.S. Marine Corps University at Quantico, Virginia. He has also been awarded the Order of Merit by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to Italy as a nation through his published works. He is the author of Giovanni Gentile: Philosopher of Fascism, Interpretations of Fascism, Phoenix: Fascism in Our Time, and Marxism, China, and Development, all published by Transaction.

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“Gregor (Univ. of California, Berkeley) argues that generic fascism is a "phoenix" that reappeared in various guises in the 20th century and will probably rise again in the 21st... This insightful work will be useful for advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in modern ideologies and dictatorships.” 

—C. A. Linden,  Choice

"...thoughtful, carefully, if densely, argued, and well-researched book, using an impressive array of Italian, French, German, and Russian sources. Gregor's unconventional thesis that fascism was not only logical and intellectually impressive, but the most coherent ideology of revolution of the twentieth century is sure to add fuel to an already heated debate."

The Historian

"Having already claimed the twentieth century for fascism in his eaarlier books, Gregor now extends its claim to the twenty-first."

—Roland Sarti, American Historical Review

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