Fascism Then and Now: Some Theoretical and Practical Reflections

Lecture | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

The better part of a century after being relegated to the political fringes by its central responsibility for war and genocide, fascism is unmistakably making a comeback on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, fascism never completely went away; but what has propelled it from the margins back to the center? Attempts to understand this phenomenon lead inevitably back to a question that has exercised social scientists and political commentators since its emergence: what is fascism, after all? In this talk, historian Timothy Scott Brown will discuss some of the answers that have been given to that question, considering especially how the so-called Alt-Right fits into the picture of fascism as it has been classically understood, and revisiting historical anti-fascist movements with an eye toward better understanding their continued relevance at the beginning of the 21st Century.

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