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.
|Title of host publication||Beyond the Fascist Century|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in Honour of Roger Griffin|
|Editors||Constantin Iordachi, Aristotle Kallis|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Nov 2020|