Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-1991

Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-1991

By: Willie Thompson (author)Hardback

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This is a history of political ideologies during the period famously described by Eric Hobsbawn as 'The Age of Extremes' - from the First World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ideologies in the Age of Extremes introduces the key ideologies of the age; liberalism, conservatism, communism and fascism. Willie Thompson identifies the political influence of mass movements as a key feature. He uses a powerful approach that considers the different ideologies in relation to each other. This allows him to shows that they often emerged from a common root or merged into a common future, stealing each other's clothes and reinventing themselves as the stark opposite of a competing ideology. This sophisticated yet accessible analysis will be of great interest to students of 20th century history and political theory.

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About Author

Willie Thompson was until his retirement Professor of Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. His books, published by Pluto, include The Good Old Cause: British Communism 1920-1991 (1992), What Happened to History? (2000) and Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-91 (2011). He is currently vice-president of the Socialist History Society.

Contents

PART 1 - AGE OF CATASTROPHE 1918-45 1 - Economic and Social Developments 2 - Liberalism 1918-1945 4 - Conservatism 1917-1945 4 - Communism 1914-1945 5 - Fascism 1917-1945 PART 2 - GOLDEN YEARS 6 - Economic & Social Conditions 7 - Liberalism on the Right 1945-73 8 - Liberalism on the Left 1945-73 9 - Communism 1945-73 10 - Conservatism and Fascism 1945-73 PART 3 - CRISIS 11 - Economic and Social Conditions 1973-91 12 - Liberalism And Conservatism Coalesce 1973-1991 13 - Communism 1973-91 14 - Fascism 1973-91 15 - Aftermath Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780745327129
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780745327129
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0745327125

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