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French Fascism: The First Wave, 1924-1933
French Fascism: The First Wave, 1924-1933
By Robert Soucy
Yale University Press, 1986, 276 pp.

An American historian continues his studies of French right-wing thought and organization. His new book examines the various fascist movements of the pre-Hitler era, stressing their general closeness in aims, though not in proposed means, to established conservative circles. It is not surprising to find such tactical overlaps between fascists and the old-fashioned right though the former, of course, sought a more radical road to an authoritarian order, bolstered by nationalism and moralistic rhetoric. Soucy corrects earlier contentions that French fascism was a foreign import and seeks to complement standard works, such as Eugen Weber's Action Fran├žaise.