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From Liberalism to Fascism : The Right in a French Province, 1928-1939 - Kevin Passmore

From Liberalism to Fascism

The Right in a French Province, 1928-1939

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521580182
Number Of Pages: 352

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The Croix de Feu and its successor the Parti Social Francais stood at the centre of political conflict in the turbulent final years of the French Third Republic. Membership peaked at 750,000 in 1937, and at the time the movement was widely regarded as the counterpart of fascism in Germany and Italy. However, only recently has the view that fascism also has roots in France become a serious topic for debate. From Liberalism to Fascism is based largely on archival research, and shows that contemporary perceptions of the Croix de Feu and the PSF as fascist were in fact correct. Dr Passmore places French fascism in the wider context of the history of French conservatism through a micro-study of a crisis of the liberal-conservative tradition in Lyon. This book is the first to place the emergence of French fascism in the wider political and social context. In the process, received views of the nature of French society and politics are contested.

'Leaving behind the vacuous rhetoric of fascist intellectuals and Parisian elites, Passmore provides us with what we most need: a study of the provincial dynamics of the right ... the real strength of this important book is that Passmore enables us to confront the French provincial right of the inter-war years in all of its messy diversity.' History

Preface; List of abbreviations; List of maps, charts and figures
From France to the Rhone
Urban society in the Rhone
Rural society in the Rhone
The crisis of the right I, 1928-31
The impact of the economic crisis
The crisis of the right II
The Croix de Feu
The right and the Popular Front
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ISBN: 9780521580182
ISBN-10: 0521580188
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.69