The Rise of Fascism
History, Documents, and Key Questions
by Patrick G. Zander
January 2016, 222pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-799-6
$67, £50, 56€, A96
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The origins of World War II were rooted in the rise of fascism decades earlier.

This book is a valuable resource for understanding the character, development, and consequences of fascist dictatorships.

Approximately 60 million lives were taken during World War II. This book serves to explore the ultimate cause of it—fascism—and to educate readers on the history and motivation behind this complex political movement.

This historical exploration includes many helpful educational tools, including a timeline, an encyclopedia, and excerpts from primary source documents. Using primary document sources, the author provides a direct account of the origin and evolution of fascism. This text analyzes the rise of fascism in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain from 1919 through 1945. Readers in high school and college will not only learn the facts surrounding World War II but also understand the cultural environment and events that led up to the devastation of the Holocaust. This text is crucial for educating students about the beginnings and extension of the fascist movement in Europe in the early 20th century.


  • Analyzes the rise of fascism in different countries and settings
  • Serves as an ideal reference for high school students and undergraduates
  • Includes original argumentative essays that investigate some of the enduring issues surrounding fascism
  • Examines excerpts from primary source documents
  • Provides a timeline that serves as a quick reference tool for students
Patrick G. Zander, PhD, is assistant professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College, Atlanta, GA, where he teaches modern British and European history as well as courses on comparative fascism. He is the author of numerous articles and reference works, including passages on fascism in ABC-CLIO's World History Encyclopedia within the section entitled "Crisis and Achievement, 1900–1945." In 2009, he received the Duncan C. Tanner Prize from Oxford University Press' journal Twentieth Century British History for his article "(Right) Wings over Everest: High Adventure, High Technology and High Nationalism on the Roof of the World, 1932–1934" which examined the relationship between the first air flights over Mount Everest and the British Fascist Movement in 1933. He holds a Master of Arts from Georgia State University in European history, a Master of Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the history of science and technology, and a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in British and European history.


"The source offers a useful point of departure for undergraduate research. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and beginning undergraduate students."—Choice, November 1, 2016
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