History and Theory
The classic text on the history and theory of fascism, revised for the twentieth anniversary of its first publication.
To explain this disturbing trend, David Renton surveys the history of fascism in Europe from its pre-war origins to the present day, examining Marxist responses to fascism in the age of Hitler and Mussolini, the writings of Trotsky and Gramsci and contemporary theorists. Renton theorises that fascism was driven by the chaotic and unstable balance between reactionary ambitions and the mass character of its support. This approach will arm a new generation of anti-fascists to resist those who seek to re-enact fascism.
Rewritten and revised for the twentieth anniversary of its first publication, Renton's classic book synthesises the Marxist theory of fascism and updates it for our own times.
David Renton is a barrister, historian and anti-fascist activist. His previous books include The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right (Pluto, 2019).
'David Renton's thoughtful and open-minded study shines a light on this often misunderstood political current and contains vital lessons for anti-fascists today' - Daniel Trilling, author of 'Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe'
'An invaluable book showing us again why and how Marxists have been the best interpreters and fighters against fascism. Renton's updates make this even more urgent reading for taking on the return of fascist ideas in our time' - Bill V. Mullen, author of 'James Baldwin: Living in Fire'
1. Interwar Fascism
2. An Alternative Method
3. Marxists Against Mussolini and Hitler
4. Benjamin, Gramsci, Trotsky
5. Beyond 1933
6. Marxists and the Holocaust
Conclusion: A Specific Form of Reactionary Mass Movement
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745341194
eBook ISBN: 9781786806512
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