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Transatlantic Antifascisms: From the Spanish Civil War to the End of World War II
January 25, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Antifascism has received little attention compared to its enemy. No historian or social scientist has previously attempted to define its nature and history – yet antifascism became perhaps the most powerful ideology of the twentieth century. Michael Seidman fills this gap by providing the first comprehensive study of antifascisms in Spain, France, the UK, and USA, with new interpretations of the Spanish Civil War, French Popular Front, and Second World War. He shows how two types of antifascism – revolutionary and counterrevolutionary – developed from 1936 to 1945. Revolutionary antifascism dominated the Spanish Republic during its civil war and re-emerged in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II. By contrast, counterrevolutionary antifascists were hegemonic in France, Britain, and the USA. In Western Europe, they restored conservative republics or constitutional monarchies based on Enlightenment principles. This innovative examination of antifascism will interest a wide range of scholars and students of twentieth-century history.
Michael Seidman is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His first book, Workers against Work: Labor in Barcelona and Paris during the Popular Front, 1936-38 (1991), has been translated into six languages. Other publications include Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (2002, Spanish translation, 2003); The Imaginary Revolution: Parisian Students and Workers in 1968 (2004, Spanish translation, 2018); and The Victorious Counterrevolution: The Nationalist Effort in the Spanish Civil War (2011, Spanish translation, 2012). His most recent book is Transatlantic Antifascisms: From the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II (Cambridge University Pres, 2017, Spanish translation, 2017).