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p. 1359. Fascism and classlocked

  • Kevin Passmore

Abstract

‘Fascism and class’ examines the social make-up and motivations of fascist supporters, and then asks how the strategies of fascist activists shaped fascism's appeal. At one time fascism was interpreted almost entirely in terms of its relationship to class. However, there is nothing in fascism that intrinsically makes it appeal to any particular social class. The Nazis were most successful in becoming what all fascists have attempted to be — national parties, amalgamating otherwise antagonistic groups into a single movement. The appeal of fascism in class terms is best understood as the product of an interaction between the strategies of fascist activists and the circumstances of particular groups.

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