The apprentice's sorcerer: liberal tradition and fascism

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"20th-century European Fascism is conventionally described by both historians and political scientists as a fierce assault on liberal politics, culture and economics. Departing from such typical analysis, this book highlights the long overlooked critical affinities between liberal tradition and fascism. Far from being the antithesis of liberalism, fascism, both in its ideology and its practice, was substantially, if dialectically, indebted to liberalism, particularly to its economic variant. Fascism ought to be seen centrally as an effort to unknot the longue duree tangle of the liberal order, as it finally collided, head on, with mass democracy. This provocative thesis is sustained through innovative and incisive readings of seminal political thinkers, from Locke and Burke, to Proudhon, Bagehot, Sorel and Schmitt."--Jacket
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages368
EditionPublished in paperback
ISBN (Electronic)9789004179516
ISBN (Print)9789004179516, 9789047443810, 9047443810, 9004179518
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameStudies in Critical Social Sciences
ISSN (Print)1573-4234


  • 20th century
  • Fascism
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE ; Political Ideologies ; Conservatism & Liberalism
  • Europe
  • Liberalismus
  • Europa
  • History
  • Faschismus
  • Liberalism
  • Political Science


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