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This book investigates how fascism - as an ideology and political praxis - reconfigured the ideological, political, and moral landscape of interwar Europe, generating an atmosphere of extreme 'license' that facilitated the leap into eliminationist violence. It demonstrates how fascist ideology linked the prospect of violent 'cleansing' to utopias of national/racial regeneration, thus encouraging and legitimizing targeted hatred against particular 'others'. It also shows how the diffusion and internationalization of fascism in the 1930s produced a sense of a revolutionary new beginning and created a transnational fascist 'new order' in which Nazi Germany came to occupy a potent position of authority. The book analyzes how the eliminationist initiative and precedent of Nazi Germany became a second 'license' that empowered fascist regimes across Europe to embark on their own eliminationist projects with diminished accountability. Finally, it examines how this 'license' - enhanced by the actions of fascists and the collapse of order caused by World War Two - released individuals and communities from the burden of legal and moral accountability, turning them into accomplishes in the most wide, brutal, and devastating genocidal campaign that the continent had ever experienced.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415339605
ISBN-10: 041533960X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 426
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Aristotle Kallis

Aristotle Kallis is Professor of Modern/Contemporary History, Department of History, Lancaster University UK. His publications include National Socialist Propaganda and the Second World War (2005) and The Fascism Reader (2003), as well as articles and essays on the history of fascism, genocide, and propaganda.

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