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Fascism: the most abused term in America

25 September 2020 5:34 am

A well-dressed young man walks down the Potsdamer Straße in Berlin, days before the end of March in 1933. He’s…

The forgotten victims of communism

11 July 2020 9:00 am

I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in the American Conservative, a magazine we co-founded 18 years ago. He…

From ‘divine Caesar’ to Hitler’s lapdog – the rise and fall of Benito Mussolini

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Mussolini dreamed of a new Roman empire and dominion over the Mediterranean. Two decades later he was hanging by his feet in a public square, as Ian Thomson relates

It’s still impossible for Horst Wächter to recognise his father as a Nazi war criminal

18 April 2020 9:00 am

In 1926, while putting in place the repressive laws and decrees that would define his dictatorship, Mussolini appointed a new…

Britain can be as prone to fascism as any other nation

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It’s easy to dismiss the fascistic ideologues who populate Graham Macklin’s book as reactionary cranks of no significance. It’s also…

The sinister strains of English folk music

22 June 2019 9:00 am

With public life increasingly a din of personalised ringtones and phone chatter, we crave silence. Acoustic ecologists speak of ‘ear…

Demonstration of right-wing ‘patriots’ in Lower Saxony, 2019. Credit: Rex Features

Where is the rise of neo-Nazism around Europe leading?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Why would anyone write a historical study of it?’ asks Gavriel Rosenfeld about the Fourth Reich at the start of…

Caught between fascism and witchcraft: All Among the Barley, by Melissa Harrison, reviewed

25 August 2018 9:00 am

All Among the Barley, Melissa Harrison’s third ‘nature novel’, centres on Wych Farm in the autumn of 1933, where the…

Fascism isn’t rising, but bien-pensant hysteria certainly is

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Benito lives! The Blackshirts are here. Fascism is on the march — at least according to Madeleine Albright, secretary of…

Enrico Fermi: nuclear physicist and childish practical joker

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Enrico Fermi may not be a name as familiar as Einstein, Feynman or Hawking, but he was one of the…

William Joyce — better known as Lord Haw-Haw: an ideological enthusiast for fascism

The infamous four

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Most books about British traitors feature those who spied for Russia before and during the Cold War, making it easy…

Franco’s bloody finale

19 March 2016 9:00 am

One afternoon in the early 1990s, an elderly gentleman from Alicante told me of the tragedy that had occurred at…

David Bowie once praised Hitler… but he was always changing his tune

16 January 2016 9:00 am

I was desperately worried that you hadn’t read or heard enough platitudinous drivel about David Bowie — and therefore felt…

What happened to British communism?

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Like most trade unionists in the 1970s and 80s I worked with a fair few communists. Men like Dickie Lawlor,…

What drove Europe into two world wars?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Sir Ian Kershaw won his knight’s spurs as a historian with his much acclaimed two-volume biography of Hitler, Hubris and…

Boccaccio and Petrach

The constant inconstancy that made Italians yearn for fascism

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Jan Morris on the inconsistency and paradox that has characterised Italian thought over the centuries — and the desperate search for certainty

Scapegoat for all of urban life’s ills: Le Corbusier, c.1950

How dedicated a fascist was Le Corbusier?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The ‘revelations’, 50 years after he drowned, that Le Corbusier was a ‘fascist’ and an anti-Semite are neither fresh nor…

Ezra Pound in the early 1920s

Ezra Pound – the fascist years

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘There are the Alps. What is there to say about them?/ They don’t make sense. Fatal glaciers, crags cranks climb,…

Hitler’s Valkyrie: Unity Mitford at 100

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Unity Mitford at 100

A Pole’s view of the Czechs. Who cares? You will

14 June 2014 8:00 am

When this extraordinary book was about to come out in French four years ago its author was told by his…

George Orwell's doublethink

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The inventor of ‘doublethink’ was consistently inconsistent  in his own political views, says A.N. Wilson. And no fun at all