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Between the swastika and the Cross of Lorraine : fascisms in interwar Alsace
Goodfellow, Samuel Huston.
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DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, [1999]

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viii, 230 pages : 1 map ; 24 cm
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An examination of 1920s and 1930s Alsace, to reveal the many faces of fascism. The study of the region, with its interplay of French, German and Alsatian nationalities, proves a framework for understanding how this ideology has matured over time to fit changing contexts.

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Samuel Goodfellow received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and is currently Assistant Professor of History at Westminster College.

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A thorough study of interwar fascism, Goodfellow's book also tells much about Alsatian separatism between the wars. This was far more serious than generally supposed. The complexities of Alsatian politics and society require a somewhat broader definition of fascism than is used in most traditional sources, but (at least in the Alsatian context) Goodfellow's definition is valid. The interplay of German, French, and Alsatian nationalisms, as well as differing social classes, resulted in a continually evolving political spectrum. These differences made it difficult to coordinate, let alone unify, the various fascist groups. Nazi movements in Alsace were but a small part of the picture, and fascism in a much broader sense played a significant role in interwar French politics. Goodfellow used an extensive range of sources, including archival materials, police reports, the contemporary Alsatian press, and hundreds of secondary works. This well-written work is valuable for French, German, and diplomatic historians and their students. Comprehensive bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Scherer Indiana University at South Bend

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Part 1. The First Generation of Fascism: the 1920s
1 The Alsatian Malaise and the Autonomist Movementp. 13
2 Legitimizing Nazism: Concervatives and Fascists in the Union Populaire Republicainep. 28
3 The First Generation of French Fascism: The Action Francaise, the Legion, and the Faisceaup. 42
Part 2. The Second Generation of Fascism: the 1930s
4 Beefsteak Nazis?: The Alsatian Communist Autonomistsp. 69
5 Regional Fascism: The Bauernbundp. 86
6 The Alsatian Nazisp. 103
7 The New French Fascists, 1934-1939p. 119
8 Mass Fascism: The Parti Social Francaisp. 135
9 The War and Beyondp. 149
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 225