Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Reading the Thirties: The Rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism

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The Political Quarterly is pleased to present our first virtual issue, a foray into the depths of our archives, and a new venture where we examine a theme at close quarters via articles written for the journal over the last eighty years. The founding of The Political Quarterly in 1930 by Leonard Woolf, Kingsley Martin and William Robson created a space for academics and non-academics alike to write about issues of the day that concerned them. It quickly became a vessel for high-quality writing in good, clear English, and which now provides us with a valuable source of archive material for readers in the 21st century. Following on from the recent digitisation of the journal, we are pleased to be able to share many of these articles with a new audience and this first virtual issue charts the rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism in the 1930s.

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You can read the full introduction here and explore the many articles from Leonard Woolf, Leon Trotsky, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Benito Mussolini, Harold Laswell, Elizabeth Wiskeman, Ernst Toller, H R G Greaves, Freda Utley, "Miles", "Genevan" and Charles H Wilson. You can access all of the articles here.