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Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective
Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism

ISBN 9780429058356
Published September 20, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

This book initiates a critical discussion on the varieties of global anti-fascism and explores the cultural, political and practical articulations of anti-fascism around the world.

This volume brings together a group of leading scholars on the history of anti-fascism to provide a comprehensive analysis of anti-fascism from a transnational and global perspective and to reveal the abundance and complexity of anti-fascist ideas, movements and practices. Through a number of interlinked case studies, they examine how different forms of global anti-fascisms were embedded in various national and local contexts during the interwar period and investigate the interrelations between local articulations and the global movement. Contributions also explore the actions and impact of African, Asian, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern anti-fascist voices that have often been ignored or rendered peripheral in international histories of anti-fascism.

Aimed at a postgraduate student audience, this book will be useful for modules on the extreme right, political history, political thought, political ideologies, political parties, social movements, political regimes, global politics, world history and sociology.

Chapters 5 and 10 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license at and

Table of Contents

Towards A Global History of Anti-Fascism: Introduction

Kasper Braskén, David Featherstone, Nigel Copsey

Part I Globalising Anti-Fascist Geographies

1 Radical Diasporic Anti-Fascism in the 1920s: Italian Anarchists in the English-Speaking World

Nigel Copsey

2 Anti-Fascism in Brazil During the Interwar Period: International Repercussions, National Expressions and Transnational Networks Between Europe and the Americas

João Fábio Bertonha

3 ’Con Saludos Comunistas': The Caribbean Bureau of the Comintern, Anti-Imperialist Radical Networks, and the Foundations for an Anti-Fascist Culture in the Caribbean Basin, 1927–1935

Sandra Pujals

4 Anti-Fascism in South Africa 1933–1945, and its Legacies

Jonathan Hyslop

5 "Make Scandinavia a Bulwark against Fascism!" Hitler’s Seizure of Power and the Transnational Anti-Fascist Movement in the Nordic Countries

Kasper Braskén

6 Anti-Fascism and Anti-Imperialism Between the World Wars: The Perspective from India

Michele L. Louro

7 No Place for Neutrality: The Case for Democracy and the League against Nazism And Fascism in Syria And Lebanon

Sana Tannoury-Karam

Part II Transnational Lives, Radical Internationalism

8 Anti-Fascism, Anti-Colonialism and the Contested Spaces of Maritime Organising

David Featherstone

9 Transnational Anarchism against Fascisms: Subaltern Geopolitics and Spaces of Exile in Camillo Berneri’s Work

Federico Ferretti

10 "Aid the Victims of German Fascism!" Transatlantic Networks and The Rise of Anti-Nazism in the USA, 1933–1935

Kasper Braskén

11 Addis Ababa, Rio De Janeiro And Moscow 1935: The Double Failure of Comintern Anti-Fascism and Anti-Colonialism

Bernhard H. Bayerlein

12 ‘World Capital of Anti-Fascism’? The Making – and Breaking – of a Global Left in Spain, 1936–1939

Hugo García

13 African American Internationalism and Anti-Fascism

Cathy Bergin

14 ‘A Great Example of International Solidarity’: Cuban Medical Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

Ariel Mae Lambe

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Kasper Braskén is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. 

Nigel Copsey is Professor (Research) in Modern History at Teesside University, UK. 

David Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow, UK. 


"The collection is a truly global exploration of anti-fascism that both explores its local variants and traces the networks that connected activists and institutions on six continents. Expanding our vision of anti-fascism well beyond Europe, the case studies highlight the crucial, complex and understudied intersection of anti-imperialism and anti-fascism." - Lisa A. Kirschenbaum, West Chester University, USA.

"Anti-fascism has long been considered synonymous with Soviet communism. In fact, as this book so amply and ably demonstrates, anti-fascism was a global force representing diverse ideologies. The chapters chart the international and transnational nature of anti-fascism, moving way beyond the Eurocentric approach of most previous studies. At the same time, they show that anti-fascism was a hugely diverse phenomenon, with movements coming from all sections of the liberal left. In globalizing and disaggregating anti-fascism, the book is bold, innovative and hugely thought-provoking. An essential read for all scholars of fascism and its opponents." - Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London.