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Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia

Marcel H. Van Herpen
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [UK] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
9781137282804 (hbk.), 1137282800 (hbk.)
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"This book aims to provide an important insight into the essence of Putinism and the political system he has established in Russia over the past decade. Van Herpen compares in detail the many and often surprising parallels that exist between Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia and that of Weimar Germany and Mussolini's Italy indicating the presence of strong Fascist elements in the contemporary Russian Political system. However, this is tempered with elements of Bonapartism from Napoleon III's France and the populism of Italian politics under Berlusconi creating a hybrid system which has been termed 'Fascism-Lite' with a softer face than Mussolinian Fascism but still containing a hard core of ultra-nationalism, militarism and neo-imperialism. The author not only looks at Putin's regime in retrospect but also offers an insight into the future of the Russian political system as Russia's strong man begins his third term in office"--
  • Introduction
  • Part I. "Weimar Russia": The Validity of a Historial Parallel. Russia and the Weimar Republic: Does a 'Weimar Parallel' Exist? ; The 'Weimar Parallel': Economic, Political, and Societal Aspects ; The 'Weimar Parallel': Socio-Psychological Aspects ; Post-Imperial Pain and the Making of a New National Myth: The "Weimar Parallel": Socio-Psychological Aspects (continued)
  • Part II. The Specter of a Fascist Russia. What Is Fascism? ; Defining Fascism: The "Thin" Method ; Defining Fascism: the "Thick" Method ; Putinism and Fascism: the 11 Differences (Part I) ; Putinism and Fascism: the 11 Differences (Part II)
  • Part III. Putinsim, Bonapartism, and Berlusconism. Putinism and Bonapartism: the Ten Resemblances ; Putinism and Berlusconism ; Putinism: a Hybrid Mixture of Mussolinian Fascism, Bonapartism, and Berlusconism.
xiii, 278 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-264) and index.
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