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Fascism and the Jews:from the internationalization of fascism to a 'fascist anti-Semitism'

Kallis, Aristotle (2010) Fascism and the Jews:from the internationalization of fascism to a 'fascist anti-Semitism'. Holocaust Studies, 15 (1-2). pp. 15-34.

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Abstract

The relationship between fascism, race and antisemitism has troubled historians ever since the end of the second world war. While National Socialist ideology and praxis were evidently dominated by an existential hatred of the Jews, discussion of antisemitism in the context of generic/comparative fascism studies reveals a wide variation amongst other fascist movements/regimes that has impeded a historiographical consensus on this matter. This essay examines how a particular, virulent form of (generic) ‘fascist antisemitism’ emerged and spread during the 1930s, under the radicalising influence and increasing kudos of the National Socialist regime, resulting in a de facto internationalisation of ‘fascism’ and a sense of a joint history-making mission against the perceived forces of ‘decadence’. However, the term ‘fascist antisemitism’ does not imply simple imitation of an otherwise imported or imposed (Nazi) model. Instead, long-term traditions and contemporary factors particular to each national setting played a critical role in shaping the relationship between fascism and antisemitism in each branch of the fascist ‘new order’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Holocaust Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: fascism ; antisemitism ; Jews ; Holocaust
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 50799
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2011 09:21
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:43
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50799

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