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European Fascist Movements
A Sourcebook

Edited By

Roland Clark


Tim Grady

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ISBN 9780367262860
May 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
432 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume offers a fresh and original collection of primary sources on interwar European fascist movements. These sources reflect new approaches to fascism that emphasize the practical, transnational experience of fascism as a social movement, contextualising ideological statements within the historical moments they were produced.

Divided into eighteen geographically based chapters, contributors draw together the history of various fascist and right-wing movements, selecting sources that reflect themes such as transnational ties, aesthetics, violence, female activism, and the instrumentalisation of race, gender, and religion. Each chapter provides a chronological, narrative account of movements interspersed with complete primary sources, from political speeches, internal movement circulars and articles, police reports, oral history, songs and music, photographs, artworks, poetry, and anti-fascist sources. The volume as a whole seeks to introduce readers to the diversity of fascist groups across the continent, to show how fascist groups were constituted through social bonds, rather than around fixed ideologies, and to capture the inexperience and ad-hoc character of early fascist groups.

With an Introduction that explains the volume’s theoretical approach, elaborates on the chronology of European fascism and identifies six transnational ‘waves of protest’, this is the perfect sourcebook for any student of Modern European history and politics.

Table of Contents

European Fascist Movements: An Introduction

Roland Clark and Tim Grady

1. Italy

Marco Bresciani

2. Germany

Tim Grady

3. Austria

Janek Wasserman

4. Belgium

Bruno De Wever

5. Britain

Louis Dean and Matthew Feldman

6. Croats

Goran Miljan

7. Finland

Marja Jalava

8. France

Chris Millington

9. Hungary

Rudolf Paksa

10. Ireland

Fearghal McGarry

11. Latvia

Paula A. Opperman

12. Netherlands

Nathaniël D. Kunkeler

13. Romania

Roland Clark

14. Sudeten Germans

Nancy M. Wingfield

15. Slovaks

James Mace Ward

16. Spain

Judith Keene

17. Sweden

Nathaniël D. Kunkeler

18. Ukrainians

Per A. Rudling

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Roland Clark is a Reader in Modern European History at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Holy Legionary Youth (2015) and Sectarianism and Renewal in 1920s Romania (2021) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include fascism, social movements, antisemitism, the Holocaust, and religion.

Tim Grady is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Chester. His most recent book is A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War (2017). His research focuses on war, memory and the contested legacies of conflict.


"This is an important collection of sources, many available in English for the first time. European Fascist Movements gives the lie to the fascists’ own claims to be unified, well-organised and ideologically rigorous, showing instead how they grew in an ad hoc and reactive fashion, shape-shifting as circumstances demanded."

Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London

"This book is the product of a unique convergence of experts across the widest possible range of country case studies who have supplied the best of their expertise, not only in terms of framing narratives but also in terms of curating lists of previously unknown to most primary sources …What it is also manages to do is to be supremely useful to students of fascism while also acquainting more advanced researchers with sources that they would not have come across before."

Professor Aristotle Kallis, Keele University