Author: Hugo Garcia et al.
Extent: 352 pp
Publication: July 2016
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Bringing together leading scholars from a range of nations, Rethinking Antifascism provides a fascinating exploration of one of the most vibrant sub-disciplines within recent European historiography.
Through case studies that exemplify the field’s breadth and sophistication, it examines antifascism in two distinct realms: after surveying the movement’s remarkable diversity across nations and political cultures up to 1945, the volume assesses its postwar political and ideological salience, from its incorporation into Soviet state doctrine to its radical questioning by historians and politicians. Avoiding both heroic narratives and reflexive revisionism, these contributions offer nuanced perspectives on a movement that helped to shape the postwar world.
This is an important book. Examining antifascism from the twin perspectives of historical experience and historical memory, it offers an invaluable contribution to the newly developing field of antifascist studies. An impressive work of international scholarship, its expansive range gives readers access to a succession of fascinating events and debates from the 1920s to the present. This book makes a statement: it succeeds in ‘internationalising’ the study of anti-fascism and deserves the widest possible readership. Nigel Copsey, Teesside University