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.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 148 x 230 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745327117
  • 9780745327112
  • 829,355

About Willie Thompson

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.show more

Table of contents

PART 1 - AGE OF CATASTROPHE 1918-45 1. Economic and Social Developments 2. Liberalism 1918-1945 3. 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 Indexshow more

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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 Manchestershow more

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