A History of Fascism in France : From the First World War to the National Front
Author(s): Chris Millington
A History of Fascism in France explores the origins, development, and action of fascism and extreme right and fascist organisations in France since the First World War. Synthesizing decades of scholarship, it is the first book in any language to trace the full story of French fascism from the First World War to the modern National Front, via the interwar years, the Vichy regime and the collapse of the French Empire. Chris Millington unpicks why this extremist political phenomenon has, at times, found such fervent and widespread support among the French people.
The book chronologically surveys fascism in France whilst contextualizing this within the broader European and colonial frameworks that are so significant to the subject. Concluding with a useful historiographical chapter that brings together all the previously explored aspects of fascism in France, A History of Fascism in France is a crucial volume for all students of European fascism and France in the 20th century.
“This is a remarkable work of synthesis and originality, offering a summary account of fascism in France that includes a comprehensive bibliographical essay and analysis of key movements and events. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.” - CHOICE
“This lively and readable book is an elegant explanation of the development of fascism in France.” —Kevin Passmore, Professor of History, Cardiff University, UK
“Demonstrating mastery of a vast body of scholarship while articulating a judicious interpretation grounded in extensive original research, Chris Millington shows how the evolution of the French far right has been shaped by transnational influences, competitive dynamics, deep-rooted beliefs about gender roles, and colonial contexts and legacies. Fluidly written, highly informative, and admirably balanced, this will be a wonderful resource to anyone interested in the history and current state of ultra-nationalist movements in France, and indeed Europe as a whole.” —Sean Kennedy, Professor of History, University of New Brunswick, Canada