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The Puzzle: Reverse Waves of Political Reaction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2021

Kurt Weyland
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
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Does the recent wave of right-wing populism foreshadow a revival of fascism? To elucidate this question, this book examines the politics of fascism, authoritarianism, and Communism during the interwar years. In this way, the study sheds light on the reversal of liberal progress during this era, which brought the frequent downfall of democracy and the proliferation of authoritarianism and fascism. This autocratic riptide arose from a massive backlash against Communism and from conservative elites' wariness of fascism and their preference for authoritarian rule. After summarizing the book's main argument, the chapter explains its scholarly contributions, its research design & sources, and central concepts, namely fascism and reactionary rule. It ends with brief chapter summaries.

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Assault on Democracy
Communism, Fascism, and Authoritarianism During the Interwar Years
, pp. 1 - 38
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Introduction
  • Kurt Weyland, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Assault on Democracy
  • Online publication: 05 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108943642.002
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  • Introduction
  • Kurt Weyland, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Assault on Democracy
  • Online publication: 05 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108943642.002
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  • Introduction
  • Kurt Weyland, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Assault on Democracy
  • Online publication: 05 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108943642.002
Available formats
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