From the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.
The most common historical comparison in contemporary debates is to fascism. From the pro-trump riot at the Capitol to laws requiring the wearing of masks, every political event is compared to the fascism of Nazi Germany. Undoubtedly, and for good reason, the horrors of the early 20th Century loom large over the political imagination of the West. But by comparing every contemporary event to fascism, many are left unable to explain the real causes and consequences of contemporary debates. This episode places fascism in its historical context, and ask what, if anything, can be learnt from it today.
Lecture by Professor Aristotle Kallis, University of Keele
THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021.
To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3
For this lecture you may wish to read:-
- ‘Fascist Ideology: Territory and Expansionism in Italy and Germany, 1922-1945’ by Aristotle Kallis https://tinyurl.com/32v73e9d
- ‘Fascism: What it is and how to fight it’ by Leon Trotsky (1944) https://tinyurl.com/x533ukzj
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