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Fascists presents a theory of fascism based on intensive analysis of the men and women who became fascists. It covers the six European countries in which fascism became most dominant - Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Spain. It is a comprehensive analysis of who fascists actually were, what beliefs they held and what actions they committed. The book suggests that fascism was essentially a product of post World War I conditions in Europe and is unlikely to re-appear in its classic garb in the future. Nonetheless, elements of its ideology remain relevant to modern conditions and are now re-appearing, though mainly in different parts of the world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521538558
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Mann's master-class in the comparative study of fascism ... Fascist is a scholarly and highly 'recommendable' text book ... Mann has done comparative fascist studies a great service by applying his compendious sociological knowledge to the major movements of revolutionary ultra-nationalism in inter-war Europe.' History Today
'Michael Mann's masterly analysis places fascism 'at the heart of modernity.' The Tribune
'Mann's Fascists is an impressive book by any standards. It deals skilfully and fair-mindedly with a vast empirical literature ... Mann crafts an original and well-documented central argument. Many of his trademark strengths as a sociologist are powerfully on display. He is excellent on the religious and regional dimensions of his problem and, while forcefully making his own case, is careful to consider the relative merits of what he takes to be the most significant alternatives.' New Left Review
'Mann has, once again, produced an exemplary and masterful work of comparative historical sociology. The book is beautifully written, and brimful of rich sociological and historical material, providing an extremely lucid and easy to comprehend source for students in the field of comparative fascist studies and beyond. Equally, political scientist, comparative political sociologists, and historians of twentieth-century Europe will gain a great deal from reading and engaging with this important and sophisticated text.' Modernism/Modernity
'This is a fascinating study that anyone concerned with fascism would benefit from reading. The evidence it brings to bear is testimony to the wide range of work that the author has consulted, and the argument he makes and the distinctions he draws between it and other approaches mark it as a significant new contribution ...' Ethnic and Racial Studies
'... a highly recommended book for both academics and students. It bridges the gap between history and sociology and brings nationalism, statism and violence back to the centre of the analyses of fascism. Historians, sociologists and political scientists will benefit from reading this refreshing and lucid book.' Nations and Nationalism
'Mann has provided the scholarly community with a fine study of fascism and tis followers, and has simultaneously provided a thought-provoking critique of traditional approaches to the topic ... Both the theory itself, and the bold style in which is is presented are bound to stir debate over what will almost certainly become a seminal work in the area of fascist studies.' Patterns of Prejudice
"...an eminently satisfying and absorbing account by a powerful and erudite mind, with Mann's exceptional analytical and theoretical skills on full display." Foreign Affairs
"Michael Mann is the outstanding historical sociologist of his generation. He invariably asks penetrating questions and his rigorous comparative method enables him to reach novel and striking conclusions. He has now produced one of the most original studies of Fascism ever written, a brilliant and disturbing analysis which constitutes a seminal work on the most destructive political phenomenon of the modern era." Sir Ian Kershaw, Professor of Modern History, University of Sheffield
"This incisively written and boldly argued book is full of insights and offers many challenges to the specialists. Mann breathes fresh life into this complex topic, and this study is bound to stimulate renewed discussion across the disciplines." Prof. Robert Gellately, Earl Ray Beck Professor of History, Florida State University
"Michael Mann here applies his legendary combination of historical sweep, synthetic verve, and common sense to a major unsolved problem: what and why was European fascism? We leave his company much the wiser." Charles Tilly, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University
"Mann's newest book provides fascinating insights into the sources of European fascism. Erudite and theoretical, yet plain-speaking, Mann analyzes the beliefs and actions of fascists themselves, coming to the conclusion that youth culture and society across class played a critical part in this ultimately self-destructive movement." Norman Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of History, Stanford University
"Michael Mann, one of the great sociological thinkers of our day published two impressive books this year (both from Cambridge University Press)...in "Fascists" he analyzes the development of right-wing authoritarianism in several European countrieso [and] unlike most sociologists, Mann does not write in jargon. Though certainly dense, these books will reward the effort of any non-scholar willing to tackle them." Newsday
"This is by far the best comparative study in recent years of interwar fascisms, an analytical tour de force." American Historical Review, Robert J. Soucy
"This is a thoughtful, clearly written, convincing study. Highly recommended." CHOICE May 2005
"Fascistsis extremely useful for anyone interested in a synthesis of the latest work on the social history of fascism. The author does not try to force everything into a rigid framwork. When a case is exceptional, he recognizes it." - Alexander De Grand, North Carolina State University
"As mentioned, Mann's ambition is to offer a synthesis of the materialist and the ideological interpretations of fascism. The overall result, as we have seen, is that he uses the methodology of the materialist school and ends up with an interpretation of fascism that largely resembles the ideological ones already formulated. In other words, in his conquest of historiographical terrain, he reaches territory that has already been captured. Nonetheless, the route he takes to get there is novel, and the traveler reaches the destination having accumulated a great deal of useful baggage. And that is a laudable achievement. " - Per BiensA, Department of History, Aalborg University, Denmark, H-NET

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