Ideologies in the Age of Extremes

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

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This is a history of political ideologies during the period from the First World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union, famously described by Eric Hobsbawm as 'The Age of Extremes'.

By introducing the key ideologies of the twentieth-century: liberalism, conservatism, communism and fascism, and considering them in in relation to each other, Willie Thompson shows how these philosophies 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 148 x 230 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745327117
  • 9780745327112
  • 700,951

Table of contents


1. Economic and Social Developments

2. Liberalism 1918-1945

3. Conservatism 1917-1945

4. Communism 1914-1945

5. Fascism 1917-1945


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


11. Economic and Social Conditions 1973-91

12. Liberalism And Conservatism Coalesce 1973-1991

13. Communism 1973-91

14. Fascism 1973-91

15. Aftermath


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'Aptly characterises the deadly contest over which ideology shall prevail, ending with Fascism's destruction in war, communism's dissolution from within, and liberalism/conservatism's emergence intact' -- CHOICE 'Wide-ranging, well-informed and measured in its judgements, Willie Thompson's new book provides a first-rate introduction to movements and ideas in the so-called 'age of ideologies'' -- Professor Kevin Morgan, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
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About Willie Thompson

Willie Thompson was Professor of Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. His books include Work, Sex and Power (Pluto, 2015), Ideologies in the Age of Extremes (Pluto, 2011) and What Happened to History? (Pluto, 2000). He is currently vice-president of the Socialist History Society.
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