Neo-Fascism: A Footnote to the Fascist Epoch?

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This essay responds to Roger Griffin’s recent call that we should not ‘close the file on neo-fascism or treat it as a footnote to the fascist epoch’. It takes Roger Griffin’s original conceptualisation of neo-fascism in The Nature of Fascism (1991) as ‘offering something new with respect to inter-war phenomena’ as its point of departure. When and where do ‘neo-Fascism’ and ‘neo-fascism’ begin? Do they ‘predate’ the end of World War II? The chapter discusses three key defining features of neo-fascism: de-terrorialisation, meta-politicisation, and historical revisionism. It reflects on the place of these neo-fascist strands in the wider extreme-right milieu and addresses the conceptual relationship between neo-fascism and neo-Nazism. It ends by reiterating Griffin’s plea for the human sciences to take neo-fascism seriously.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond the Fascist Century
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Roger Griffin
EditorsConstantin Iordachi, Aristotle Kallis
PublisherPalgave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030468316
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020


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