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Neither Right nor Left : Fascist Ideology in France - Zeev Sternhell

Neither Right nor Left

Fascist Ideology in France

By: Zeev Sternhell, David Maisel (Translator)

Paperback Published: 18th December 1995
ISBN: 9780691006291
Number Of Pages: 440

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"Few books on European history in recent memory have caused such controversy and commotion," wrote Robert Wohl in 1991 in a major review of "Neither Right nor Left." Listed by "Le Monde" as one of the forty most important books published in France during the 1980s, this explosive work asserts that fascism was an important part of the mainstream of European history, not just a temporary development in Germany and Italy but a significant aspect of French culture as well. Neither right nor left, fascism united antibourgeois, antiliberal nationalism, and revolutionary syndicalist thought, each of which joined in reflecting the political culture inherited from eighteenth-century France. From the first, Sternhell's argument generated strong feelings among people who wished to forget the Vichy years, and his themes drew enormous public attention in 1994, as Paul Touvier was condemned for crimes against humanity and a new biography probed President Mitterand's Vichy connections. The author's new preface speaks to the debates of 1994 and reinforces the necessity of acknowledging the past, as President Chirac has recently done on France's behalf.

Industry Reviews

"The issues raised by Sternhell's extraordinary book have rarely been so rigorously and systematically presented. His argument may be summed up in a single statement: the penetration of fascism into French society, particularly among the intellectuals, was far deeper than historians since the war have recognized... The immense documentation he has collected, the force of his argument, the audacity and the sweep of his project, the courage with which he has thrown light upon some of the darkest regions of the French past--all this is an important step in a reappraisal without which the historical consciousness of France may not be able to face this past in its full import... "--Saul Friedlander, The New Republic "In Neither Right Nor Left Sternhell seeks to show that France, instead of remaining impermeable to the political culture of fascism, was its seedbed... He has refined a highly controversial, though far from implausible, interpretation of the roots of European fascism."--Richard Wolin, Dissent "Few books on European history in recent memory have caused such controversy and commotion... Sternhell has reconstructed and documented as no one before him the emergence and organizational development of a revolutionary right during the years before 1914... Muscular in its arguments, courageous in its opinions, meticulous in its documentation, [this book] lays down an interpretative challenge that no future study of French culture and politics in the 1930s will be able to ignore."--Robert Wohl, Journal of Modern History

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introductionp. 1
From One Prewar Period to Anotherp. 32
The Revolution of the Moralistsp. 66
An Ingenuous Fascism: Georges Valois and the Faisceaup. 90
The Idealist Revision of Marxism: The Ethical Socialism of Henri De Manp. 9
A Socialism for the Entire Nationp. 142
Planism, or Socialism Without a Proletariatp. 187
Spiritualistic Fascismp. 213
Conclusionp. 266
Notesp. 305
Bibliographyp. 381
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780691006291
ISBN-10: 0691006296
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 18th December 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.55  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: Revised