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Theory and Practice

David Renton



A critical assessment of the current liberal theories of fascism that have emerged since the 1980s and 1990s

In the 1930s fascist parties came to power across Europe. Millions were killed in the war and the Holocaust. Yet, sixty years on, fascism is on the rise once more in all major European states and far right parties are again winning converts.

To explain this disturbing trend, Dave Renton surveys the history of modern fascism in Europe, from its pre-war origins up to the present day. Renton examines the Marxist response to fascism in the age of Hitler and Mussolini and the writings of political thinkers such as Trotsky and Gramsci, as well as more recent European theorists such as Miliband, Mason and Poulantzas.

Renton argues that fascism should be understood not through the 'theory' of liberal fascism studies, but rather in terms of the brutal practice that fascism brought in its wake.

David Renton is a barrister, historian and anti-fascist activist. His previous books for Pluto include Fascism: Theory and Practice (1999).

'Excellent ... genuinely thought provoking and refreshing' - Race and Class

1. Fascism Today
2. The Prison Of Ideas
3. Classical Fascism
4. An Alternative Method
5. Marxists Against Mussolini And Hitler
6. Thalheimer, Silone, Gramsci, Trotsky
7. Beyond 1933
8. Marxists and The Holocaust
9. Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Published by Pluto Press in Apr 1999
eBook ISBN: 9781783718344

160 pages

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