Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-1991
by Willie Thompson
Pluto Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-7453-2712-9 | Paper: 978-0-7453-2711-2
Library of Congress Classification JA83.T49 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.509


This is a history of political ideologies during the period famously described by Eric Hobsbawn as ‘The Age of Extremes’ - from the First World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ideologies in the Age of Extremes introduces the key ideologies of the age; liberalism, conservatism, communism and fascism. Willie Thompson identifies the political influence of mass movements as a key feature. He uses a powerful approach that considers the different ideologies in relation to each other. This allows him to shows that they often emerged from a common root or merged into a common future, stealing each other’s clothes and reinventing themselves as the stark opposite of a competing ideology.

This sophisticated yet accessible analysis will be of great interest to students of 20th century history and political theory.

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